In the spring edition of the newsletter we revealed that a very exciting and innovative island-first was coming… ‘Larnaka Storytelling Statues’. We are pleased to announce that the project officially commenced in September and that our unique landmarks are now regaling with their tales!
The first five statues included are: Zeno of Kition (founder of the Stoic school of Philosophy); local artist Michael Kashalos; physician Apollonios Kitieas; war hero General Kimon; and the Winged Lion of Venice – a gift from Venice to commemorate its twinning with Larnaka.
Hearing their stories is very quick and easy. Simply scan the QR code found on the monument with your smart device (internet connection required!), then select the language you prefer (English or Greek) and you will receive a call-back from the monument recounting their personal history.
The application is the joint initiative of Larnaka Tourism Board and the Youth Board of Cyprus and is supported by the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism and the Larnaka Municipality. It was created to offer a modern, interactive experience and will soon be rolled out to additional monuments.
Keep an ear out for further stories from the statues soon, with plans to include monuments at Agios Lazarus church and the Pierides and Kyriazis museums, the Armenian Genocide Memorial, the statue of Archbishop Makarios, the Blare of Peace (in the Municipal Gardens) and the sculpture dedicated to nun Sophie Chambon, as well as a sculpture that will be added at Larnaka Airport in cooperation with its operator, Hermes Airports.