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The remains of the medieval church at Zik-Zak Street

At Zik-Zak Street, on the narrow alley that crosses the city center, one can find historical evidence that marked Limassol's course in the past cennturies. This particular street has been a meeting point for various cultures, as the Jamii Kebir (Great Mosque) and the remains of a medieval (Lusignan) church, indicate.

The Zik-Zak Basilica is located in the middle of the path and it is part of a church with 2 isles, dated back in the Middle Ages. The 2 impressive stone arches of the church are revealed just a few centimeters below the ground of the picturesque alley, while the building of the church seems to have been built over the ruins of an earlier church. As it is estimated, the temple flourished during the Byzantine and Medieval times, between the 8th and the 13th century. 

The church must have revived in the 14th century, with the rise of the floor level, when it allegedly became the seat of the Latin Church of Limassol. In the 16th century, the last phase of the Latin temple, according to the tradition, was a vaulted temple, dedicated to Saint Catherine. Later, with the arrival of the Ottomans on the island, the temple was transformed into a mosque (the Great Mosque). Find out more about the Great Mosque here.

The picturesque Zik-Zak walkway, as well as Genethliou Mitella walkway, a few steps northern, host several cafeterias and bars that attract many people, day and night. Still, this medieval monuments remains a mystery for most. About Zik-Zak Street, you can find out more here.

Source of information: "Limassol, Journey to the Times of a City", (2006)

* NOTE: The articles of the Project "History of Limassol" present information that has emerged from historical research thus far. Any new data is embedded into the articles, once it has been confirmed.



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