"Larnaca" Larnaca District by uglyscot
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Larnaca is the oldest surviving city of Cyprus and was originally known as Kition, or Kittium. Legend has it that the first settlement at the spot was founded by Noah' s grandson Khittim. years ago and still exists on the same site.
. The ancient site is at the north end of modern Larnaca. The earliest remains go back to the Mycenean age (ca 1400–1100 BC) ,
It was a rich port and a major centre of the copper trade.
Cyprus has always had foreign invasions: Greeks, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Franks, the Venetians, the Turks, the British and today all the travelers and tourists
The Byzantine period of Larnaca is of great importance. It left many interesting monuments, among them the 9th century AD Basilica of Saint Lazarus.
In 1974, Turkey invaded the Republic of Cyprus. It diisplaced by force about 200,000 Greek-Cypriots, the inhabitants of its Northern part. Larnaca received and welcomed over 40,000 refugees, thus tripling its population overnight.
Traffic drives on the right in Cyprus.
After leaving the coast the main highway heads north towards the hills and then Nicosia.
The hills are chalk or limestone and are now planted with trees
Because Larnaca is a port, there are a number of container ships, tankers etc waiting to berth. They seem to sit huge on the horizon and sometimes overnight are all lit up.
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