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The most beautiful building in larnaca, the old church of Saint Laurent, with Bizantin style, really important, so the tomb of Lazarus is inside, in the crypt.

This Church of Ayios Lazaros was built in the late 9th century to house the tomb of the saint. The tomb eventually formed part of a catacomb for general use, as evidenced by several sarcophagi.

The bell tower was erected during the 17th century reconstruction, and was one of very few permitted by the Turks before.

The impressive interior consists of a central nave, two aisles, and three domes that are now boarded in. The roof is supported by twin piers topped by reused Byzantine capitals. In one of the piers, steps ascend to an elaborate, 300-year-old Rococo pulpit. The fine iconostasis (18th century) isrestored.

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