LARNACA MUSEUMS

Trip Start Oct 25, 2009
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Flag of Cyprus  , Larnaca,
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

LARNACA MUSEUMS



PIERIDES MUSEUM – Here one can see the fascinating private collection of Cypriot antiquities acquired over the years from 1839 by five generations.

Pierides family is one of the most well known families of Larnaca.

This old family mansion was built in 1825 and includes exhibits from the Neolithic times, Copper Era, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman periods. It covers 9000 years of Cypriot art.

The rarest collections at the museum are the Neolithic times are pottery, the collection of Roman and Hellenistic glass and the Byzantine collection of ceramic utensils, which are decorated with the first abstract art of the contemporary world.





City Museum and Archives



The municipal museum is housed in a 1881 building, which was the residence and office of the first colonial Port Master of Larnaca.

On the ground floor is the City museum with exhibits emphasizing the long, glorious and uninterrupted history of the town.

A large collection of the city's coins minted in the local mint starting with the fist coin in the city Kingdom of Kition of the late 6th century and a fabulous collection of city photographs through the years dating from 1850, are among the most interesting exhibits.

On the 2nd floor are located the city’s archives, which are open only for researchers as they include rare books, editions and documents.





THE MEDIEVAL MUSEUM



At the end of the Palm Trees Promenade on Athens Avenue, and on the 2nd floor of the Larnaca Castle. – (I will have a separate entry with many photos)





Other museums in Larnaca which I will soon pay a visit next month and bring photos are:



1.     Museum of Paleontology – Collection of fossil life covering 5.000

million years. – bones from pygmy elephants and hippopotamus.

    

2.     Ecclesiastical Museum of St. Lazarus.



3.     Municipal Museum of Natural History.

Situated within the Larnaca Municipal Gardens of Afxendiou Ave. with large collections of local reptiles, insects, birds, fossils, rock formations, species from the marine life and plants of Cyprus and neighbouring countries.



4.     Municipal Art Gallery, found on Europe Square and houses the

Larnaca collection or modern art and other important exhibitions.



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