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Larnaca 2007 June

The first tomb of Lazarus in Bethany is a place of pilgrimage to this day.

Lazarus's second tomb is on Cyprus at the Greek Orthodox church of Agios Lazaros in Larnaka. In 890 A.D. his tomb was discovered bearing the inscription "Lazarus the friend of Christ". The marble sarcophagus can be seen inside the church under the Holy of Holies. His relics were taken from Cyprus to Constantinople in 898, although in 1972 human remains were discovered under the altar during renovation works in the church at Larnaka, and were identified with part of the saint's relics.

The relics were stolen from Constantinople by the Crusaders and transferred to France in 1204 as part of the booty of war from the Fourth Crusade.

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