The intrepid missionary Lorenzo Warriner Pease was discovering Larnaca:
In company with Lucinda I visited the Greek church in the Marina. It is also a kind of monastery. Mr Pierides says that each of the priests has children under his care whom he professes to instruct.That seven years is considered proper length of time to complete a boy’s education. He says that they are ignorant men, that even the bishops (to use his own expression) were not fit for swine-herds, that teach no science, do not even instruct the children how to read with propriety. That the children are taught to read prayers and collects by rote, and in constant fear of the rod, and when they have completed their usual course, they are not able to read anything but the books in which they have been taught to read. There are 4 Greek churches in the Marina and Larnaca proper.