The magnificent church was built by Emperor Leo Vl, in the 9th century.
Restoration was carried out in the 17th century, keeping faithfully
to the original plan, and the church can be called one of the tinest
examples of Byzantine architecture. The tomb of Lazaros, who after
he was raised from the dead in Bethany by Christ, came to Cyprus
and lived here for another thirty years and was consecrated as the
Bishop of Kition by
Barnabas and St. Mark, can be seen under the sanctuary.
The iconostasi which separates the altar from the main church, is an excellent
example of baroque wood carving. Near the church are some tombstones of
Europeans who lived in Larnaka, in the 17th-18th century. Eight days before
Easter, the icon of Saint Lazaros is taken in procession through the streets
of Larnaka .