Get In Tune With History In Cyprus
The Republic of Cyprus is located in the Eastern Mediterranean and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. If you are a lover of world history, Cyprus is the place for you.
Here are some places you should consider:
Church of Saint Lazarus
The Church of Saint Lazarus (Church of Agios Lazaros) was founded in the 9th century. It is traditionally believed to be the final resting place of Lazarus of Bethany whom Jesus Christ raised from the dead. It is said that after shortly after the resurrection of Christ, Lazarus fled Judea owing to threats to his life and arrived Cyrus before he was made the first Bishop of Kition by Paul and Barnabas.
The Tombs of the Kings
A World Heritage Site, there are several underground tombs that were used in the Roman period which dates back to the 3rd century. Contrary to the name, they were used by commoners but the tombs were arranged in such a way that they appeared grand.
The Holy Monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos is one of the most popular monasteries in Cyprus. Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos found the monastery in the 11th century.
Although the original monastery is no longer there because of the numerous firebreaks, a building dating back to 1831 remains. Remember to be properly dressed when visiting here.
The House of Achilles
This Roman building is as old as the 4th century A.D and was found in the ancient Kingdom of Kourion. This House of Achilles villa has a rare mosaic floor. The building gets its name from the mosaic floor which shows Achilles’ true identity reveal by Odysseus in king Lycomedes‘s court at Skyros.