Whilst visiting the beautiful holiday island of Cyprus, you might find yourself exploring the old town and seafront area of Larnaca. If so, one of the most remarkable and significant sites is that of the Church of Saint Lazarus and a good insight into Cyprus History.
Lazarus was a saint, known in the bible as Lazarus of Bethany; it is written in the bible that he was brought to life four days after death by Jesus in the Gospel of John.
According to some accounts and legends Lazarus is said to have died in Cyprus. In around 890 AD a tomb was found in Larnaca, the tomb bore the inscription 'Lazarus friend of Christ'. Then in 898 AD the remains of Lazarus were transferred to Constantinople. Over the site of the tomb in which the body had previously been laid to rest, the Greek Orthodox Church built the Church of Saint Lazarus that stands there today