Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Larnaca: The City

The city of Larnaca (also known as Larnaka) is located along the southeastern coast, in the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 
 


This coastal city was originally founded by the Mycenaean-Achaean Greeks as Kition (also known as Citium) in the 13th century BC.  As the oldest ancient city in Cyprus, Kition was considered a rich sea port and major copper trade center.  

Later, the Phoenicians settled in Kition and rebuilt the city.  Over the years, Kition has suffered repeatedly from earthquakes, particularly in 76 AD, 77 AD, 322 AD, and 342 AD.

It's believed that some of the ancient ruins of Kition are buried beneath the modern city of Larnaca.
 




Today, the city of Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus.  It features the largest and main international airport, as well as the second largest commercial port in Cyprus.  Also, Larnaca is known for its palm tree lined seafront promenade in the tourist area.

Some place to explore within the city of Larnaca include the Agios Lazaros Church and Tomb, Ayia Faneromeni Church, Foinikoudes Promenade, Kamares Aqueducts, Kition Acropolis Ruins, Kition Archaeological Site, Larnaca Archaeological Museum, Larnaca Fort, etc.
 


The city of Larnaca has several sites for tourists and locals to explore.


Site: City of Larnaca. 

Category: City. 

Location: Southeastern coastline, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2008 to 2014.

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