Wouldnt it be nice to spend Easter on a beautiful Mediterranean island while spending less to do it? While sunny Cyprus is known as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, it is also richly associated with early Christian history and many of its sights are fascinating for travelers of any faith. It was actually in Cyprus that St. Paul, traveling with St. Barnabas, succeeded in converting an ancient Roman proconsul to the Christian faith, in effect making him the first official in the Roman Empire to adopt Christianity.
Another great Easter deal is available at Lordos Beach Hotel in Larnaca the seaside Cypriot town that is home to St. Lazarus Church and also close by the international airport. On April 23 and 24, this lovely modern property is offering an Easter package deal for just 280 euros for a double room (total for both nights) that includes accommodation with breakfast, participation in a traditional midnight mass at a local Greek Orthodox church, one free dinner, Easter brunch and double yum a bottle of house wine and chocolates upon arrival. Celebrate and save!
Fascinating Christian sites abound on Cyprus. In Pafos you can see St. Pauls Pillar. In Larnaca theres Agios Lazarus Church, built over the tomb of St. Lazarus. The imposing Crusader-era fortress in Limassol, now a museum, is where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre. Many fine examples of Byzantine art have survived on the island remarkably intact, and you can see them for yourself in painted churches with their colorful frescoes, ten of which have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. And not only is it magical to admire the sumptuous pageantry of Greek Orthodox religious festivals whose origins go back almost too many centuries to ponder, but at Easter its easy and affordable, too.
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