Saturday, April 7, 2012

St. Lazarus Church, Larnaka

The Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaka, Cyprus, was built in the 9th century to house the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus' friend who he raised from the dead. It was reconstructed in the 17th century and is currently one of the most impressive sights in Larnaka. 

According to the Holy Scripture and Tradition, Lazarus, after his resurrection, moved to Cyprus where he was later consecrated bishop of Kition by St. Paul and St. Barnabas. Lazarus' tomb was located in Larnaka, however during the Arab raids the burial place was forgotten. 

The remains of Lazarus were rediscovered in 890. They were enshrined there for a brief period, before being sent to Constantinople by the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in 901. At present the tomb has formed part of a catacomb for general use, as evidenced by various sarcophagi. 

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