Cyprus boasts of historic sites, temples and monuments all left behind by past civilisations and invaders! These unique symbols of the Cypriot past and cultural heritage are in abundance and scattered throughout the island. Below you will find a couple of landmarks, each in a different area or city of the island. So let’s tour the landmarks!
The Archbishop’s Palace lies in Archiepiskopou Kyprianou Square in Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus and seems to have been taken right out from the Byzantine era, yet was only constructed in the early 50s. Soon after it was completed, much fighting and battle took place in 1956 and again in 1974, when it came incredibly close to being destroyed. The Archbishop’s Palace is an impressive edifice leaving a sense of aristocracy and grace. Also, the bust of Archbishop Kyprianos, positioned in the exterior of the palace is also worth your visit.
Saint Lazarus Church is a sight for sore eyes, especially during the night when the entire church and courtyard is illuminated! The ancient Christian Orthodox Church lies in the centre of Larnaca and was built over the tomb of Saint Lazarus-the brother of Mary and Martha. Saint Lazarus died in Larnaca, and thus the church was built in his memory. In around 890 AD, his actual tomb was found bearing the inscription, ‘Lazarus, bishop of Larnaca. Four days dead. Friend of Jesus.’
Paphos Archaeological Park
Paphos Archaeological Park lies in Kato Paphos, nearby the ancient Harbour. in 1980 Paphos Archaeological Park was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, and since then a plan was launched which primarily aimed to preserve the archaeological remains, ruins and artefacts excavated and found in Paphos, but also to promote these ruins and inform the public about them. The exquisite archaeological park consists of monuments, mansions, temples, theatres and much more originating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages and Roman Period. Some of the most impressive remains are the well-preserved mosaic floors of four Roman Basilicas, the Asklipieion, the Odeion, the Agora, the Saranta Kolones Fortress, the LimeniotissaRuins and the Tombs of the Kings.
The monastery of Ayia Napa lies in Ayia Napa, within the district of Ammochostos. No evidence so far has established the exact period the monastery was founded. The cave and well, both used as hiding places, reveal the monastery was inhabited by a Christian community during the Byzantine era. It is a stunning edifice, well worth your visit, but also extremely popular church amongst the faithful who especially travel to Cyprus to visit the monastery and pray.
Where to stay
Louis Althea Kalamies Luxury Villas in Protaras are located in the heart of Kalamies beach offering visitors the ideal location for a family villa holiday or for a group of friends travelling together! The location of the villas are ideal, the fabulous coast of Protaras is literally outside your front door, and the most popular tourist area which is packed with shops, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs is easily accessible by foot. Louis Kalamies Luxury Villas is a luxury complex comprising of eighteen three or four bedroom villas each with their own private pool. The villas are considered as being the best option for holidaying in style! The concept of the design was inspired by three key features, water, nature and relaxation. Just imagine lounging by the pool while overlooking the mesmerizing sunset and the infinite horizon!