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Choirokoitia
About 32km from Larnaka and 48km South of Lefkosia, off Lefkosia-Lemesos highway
The ancient site of Choirokoitia is included since 1998 in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage official list. It is the site of a Neolithic settlement found in a better state of preservation than most others from this period, not only in Cyprus but also in the whole of Eastern Mediterranean. It represents through its consecutive phases of building the whole history of Neolithic period in Cyprus and divulges precious information as to the spread of Neolithic culture throughout the region. General Development Plan of Choirokoitia has as its objective to maintain the authenticity of the place, to protect natural and man-made environment and to give out information through the creation of a Visitors' Center. Five dwellings in close proximity have been reconstructed following Neolithic model, using the same methods and traditional materials and have been furnished with copies of objects actually found inside houses during excavations, in order to give a better impression of the layout of the village, as it was in antiquity. In addition the plant life around these huts represents plants that were cultivated or indigenous trees that grow in Cyprus since Neolithic times.

Kalavasos - Tenta
40 km from Larnaka, 2.5 km off Lefkosia-Lemesos road
Tenta, one of the most important Neolithic settlements in Cyprus of 7000 BC, lies near the village of Kalavasos. The site is not yet open to the public.

Lefkara
8 km from Skarinou, off Lefkosia-Lemesos road, 40 km from Larnaka
A picturesque village, famous for its local lace known as 'Lefkaritika' and for its silverware. According to tradition, Leonardo Da Vinci visited the village and bought an altar cloth, which he donated to Milan Cathedral. Beautiful House of Patsalos houses the Lace and Silverware Museum of Lefkara. Church of Archangelos Michail in Kato Lefkara is of the single aisled domed type and has wall paintings of late 12th century. At Pano Lefkara, there is the church of the Holy Cross, with a beautiful 18th century iconostasis and a unique 13th century silver cross. A religious fair takes place on 13th-14th September, in celebration of the Exaltation of Holy Cross.

Agios Minas Convent
Near Lefkara
15th century monastery with a church at the center of cloisters. Nuns, besides performing their religious rites, are involved in icon painting. Monastery is open for visits daily, except between 12:00-15:00. For organized group visits the monastery is open from Monday to Friday.

Church Of Panagia Iamatiki
A three-aisled wooden roofed church with excellent wall paintings of Italo-Byzantine style, dating to the first half of 16th century.

Agios Antonios Church
Kellia village
This is one of the most important Byzantine churches of Cyprus, possibly of 9th century. It is a three-aisled vaulted basilica, which has undergone many reconstructions and repairs. It preserves significant wall paintings surviving from 9th, 11th, 13th centuries.

Kostas Argyroy Museum
Mazotos
The museum displays works of local sculptor Kostas Argyrou. Visits could be arranged by phone, No. (04) 43 22 77.

 

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