Fishing boat with Tekke in the distance - Savva Watercolor

Tekke Just off Larnaca in Watercolour

Fishing boat with Tekke in the distance - Savva Watercolor

Just only a few kilometres out of Larnaca and around the corner from the airport is the Hala Sultan (Umm Haram) Tekke. It stands next to the salt lake just south of Larnaca and is one of the first sights you see heading out of the airport. With the salt lake on one side and the deep blue Mediterranean sea on the other, its easy to feel that you have stepped back in time. According to legend, Muhammad’s paternal aunt, accompanying her husband on an Arab raid on Cyprus in 649, was attacked by Byzantine forces here. She fell from her mule, broke her neck and was buried on the spot. The Mosque, that was built around her grave is the fourth most important holy place in the world for Muslims. For me it will always be a sanctuary of peace and beauty. Especially in spring with the salt lake covered with water and Pink Flamingos.