LARNAKA SALT LAKE
Larnaca Salt Lake (Greek: Αλυκή Λάρνακας; Turkish: Larnaka Tuz Gölü) lies to the west of the town of Larnaca. It is a complex network of four salt lakes (3 of them interconnected) of different sizes. The largest is lake Aliki followed by lake Orphani, lake Soros and lake Spiro. They form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake. The total surface area of the lakes adds up to 2.2 km² and being just off the road leading to Larnaca International Airport is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the area. It is considered one of the most important wetlands of Cyprus and it has been declared a Ramsar site, Natura 2000 site, Special Protected Area under the Barcelona Convention and an Important Bird Area (IBA). It is surrounded by halophytic scrubland and on its bank lies the Hala Sultan Tekke, one of the holiest of shrines within Ottoman Islam. It houses Umm Haram’s tomb, Muhammad's 'wet-nurse'.
HALA SULTAN TEKKE
Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram is a very prominent Muslim shrine near Larnaca, on the island of Cyprus. Umm Haram (Hala Sultan is the Turkish language name) was the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s ‘wet-nurse’ and the wife of Ubada bin al-Samid. Most accounts[weasel words] establish a connection between the site and the death of Umm Haram during the first Arab raids on Cyprus under the Caliph Muawiyah between 647 and 649, which were later pursued throughout the Umayyad and the Abbasid periods. According to these accounts, Umm Haram, being of very old age, had fallen from her mule and had died during a siege of Larnaca. She was buried near the salt lake and her grave became a sacred shrine.
Bellissima, Gastone! Da rivista in carta patinata!
Sandro & Cristina
Beautiful color. But it is too salty
Gastone una gran fotografia , de una maravilloso lugar , me encanta el encuadre , y ya noto el calor
un saludo jopoloco
Un luogo da Mille e una notte Gastone, veramente affascinante.
Si e' vero , questa foto e' bellissima, ... mai stata anche a Cipro...
Wonderful view and nice combination of colours, Gastone!
Cari saluti, Eva
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I want to thank you: Marthor for the vote.
Visto il tempo stretto passo in velocità per ringraziarvi.
Vi dico solo che è sempre un piacere condividere foto con voi.
It is a pleasure to share images with you:
Many thanks to Hajar too.
I am very happy to have received your visit.
Interesting place... Nice compositon, Gastone.
Yes Kat this place is very interesting, because of this strange salt lake, where most part of the lake is only covered by salt.
The view enjoyed by the visitor is fantastic.
Ciao and many thanks.
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