Photographer's Note

Looking at photos from Cyprus in advance I found this lovely church in Larnaca and placed it on my wish list of places to visit. It has a quite unique architecture and a very interesting story. Tradition says that it was built over the tomb of Lazarus, the same who Jesus raised previously from death. I really like to visit places which have references to the Bible, which I was raised on. I guess I have to visit Israel/Palestine sooner or later.

Church of Saint Lazarus is named for New Testament figure Lazarus of Bethany, the subject of a miracle recounted in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus raises him from the dead. According to Orthodox tradition, sometime after the Resurrection of Christ, Lazarus was forced to flee Judea because of rumoured plots on his life and came to Cyprus. There he was appointed by Paul and Barnabas as the first Bishop of Kition (present-day Larnaca). He is said to have lived for thirty more years and on his death was buried there for the second and last time. The Church of Agios Lazaros was built over the reputed (second) tomb of Lazarus in the late 9th to early 10th centuries. It is one of three Byzantine churches which have survived in Cyprus.

More info about church history in wikipedia.

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