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The Byzantine Museum of the Church of SV. Lazarus

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Located right in the heart of Larnaca majestic stone Church of Agios Lazaros is one of the most ancient and revered architectural and religious monuments of the Byzantine period. It was built in the IX century on the orders of Emperor Leo VI on the burial place of St. Lazarus, who was a contemporary of Jesus Christ and a participant in the gospel events. After his resurrection he settled in the city of Kition, the site of which is now Larnaca, and became its first Archbishop. It was there during the excavations the tomb of Lazarus, on which was the inscription "Chetverodnevnogo Lazarus, friend of Christ". It is believed that this discovery gave its name to the new city, because it comes from the word "larnax", which means "shelter" or "tomb". Now, this sarcophagus can be seen in the Church - it is mounted under the altar. But the remains of St. there is long gone - they were removed to Constantinople.

Earlier near the Church was a monastery. Later, in one of its premises, which is located in the West wing of the former monastery complex, established a small religious-archaeological Museum, where you can see masterpieces that are unique pieces of art of the Byzantine era. Mostly icons, including carved out of wood, the items used in the religious rites, ancient scrolls and manuscripts, wooden sculptures, some ancient copies of the Bible. Special attention should be paid to available in the collection of the Museum of the icons of Lazarus - there is some really valuable specimens. So, on one of them, which was badly damaged by fire, miraculously preserved the image of the Saint in one hand he holds the gospel book and the other folded for a blessing.