Immerse yourself in Larnaka region's cultural treasures and unique attractions through a series of innovative virtual and interactive experiences
Larnaka Storytelling Statues
Listen to Larnaka statues, busts and monuments tell their story in their 'own' words by simply scanning the QR code on participating monuments to receive a call-back on your smart device. The monuments recount their unique tales in English or Greek and offer a fascinating insight into the personalities and events that shaped Larnaka region's long and rich history.
Look out for the statues in the city centre and beyond - identified by the Larnaka Storytelling Statues logo - and simply scan. Can you find them all?
Watch the introduction video here.
Read more here.
The initiative won a Gold award at the 'Cyprus Tourism Awards 2021'.
Larnaka 360° Cultural Walk
Explore Larnaka city in 3D. The city centre, parallel promenade and surrounding areas are filled with cultural treasures, natural attractions, archaeological wonders... and much more! This detailed virtual walk includes additional interesting information and is ideal as a preparatory guide for what you can experience when visiting Larnaka city, and for planning a self-guided tour.
Start your tour here.
Larnaka Virtual Museums
Take a tour of nine of Larnaka region's unique and interesting museums with added, enriched content, including 3D renditions and supporting audio and video content. Ideal as an introduction to some of the most popular museums in the city and rural communities in lieu of a visit, as well as an interactive way to discover the region's history and culture from the comfort of your own home.
Whether you would like to take a tour at home, or enhance your experience at the actual museum by combining a physical tour with the added, bonus material, simply click on the museum of your choice to discover more.
Read more and select your museum here.
The initiative won a Bronze award at the 'Cyprus Tourism Awards 2021'.
Larnaka Virtual Diving Routes
Dive into Larnaka's underwater kingdoms with a series of 3D diving routes that bring the region's world-renowned wrecks and thriving artificial reefs to life. The Larnaka Virtual Diving Routes application allows spectators or prospective divers to experience a new dimension beneath the waves.
Virtual Reconstructions of Larnaka Region Archaeological Sites
Ancient Port of Kition Virtual Reconstruction
The video was the first archaeological site on the island brought to life in such a ground-breaking virtual reconstruction and is historically-accurate, executed in cooperation with the French Archaeological Mission of Kition and made in cooperation with the Youth Board of Cyprus. It shows the War Harbour that was present 2,500 years ago being constructed, along with the site as it was during the Cypro-Archaic II & I Periods, and includes additional content such as extra information and explanations on terminology.
The project by Larnaka Tourism Board and the Youth Board of Cyprus won the important international award ‘Innovative and creative enhancement of a cultural/archaeological site’ by the International Confederation La Rotta dei Fenici - Itinerario Culturale del Consiglio d'Europa in November 2021 and also won a Silver award at the 'Cyprus Tourism Awards 2021'.
Watch the video here.
Kalavasos-Tenta Archaeological Site - Virtual Reconstruction
The second in the series of archaeological sites brought to life is the Neolithic Settlement of Kalavasos-Tenta with a virtual reconstruction made in cooperation with Youth Makerspace Larnaka / Youth Board of Cyprus. under the guidance of archaeologist Alison South and supported by the Department of Antiquities and the Deputy Ministry of Tourism.
The settlement is brought back to life through video and 3D visualisation VR, taking a journey back 9,500 years to the point where some of Cyprus' first permanent residents established a village west of the Vasilikos River plain. The ancient ruins are virtually restored, and whole buildings appear, with the main characteristic being the circular floor plan and the enclosure wall that surrounded the settlement. An example of the interior of a house is also presented, with focus on the rare decoration of a building, where two human figures with raised arms can be seen. The video also refers to the daily activities of the inhabitants and their coexistence with the animals of the time, while archaeological finds from the area are also presented, such as tools, stoneware and jewellery.
The settlement of Tenta, like other settlements of the same period, was suddenly abandoned around 5600 BC, with the reasons for this abandonment unknown
Watch the video here