Limassol Castle Reviews
Pinnacle landmark in Limassol Jul 01, 2016
Limassol Castle is landmarked in the historical district of Limassol, Cyprus. Originally built circa 5th or the 6th centuries, it may have functioned as the first cathedral of the city. Evidence of a church is found in the lower level of the building. Throughout history, the castle was subject to continuous damage from attacks from various empires and earthquakes. The Castle maintained its foundation nonetheless. The Ottoman Empire utilized it as a fort after a demolition and rebuilding phase in the 16th century. It was also said that Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre have married at this location in the 12th century.
Cost of entry is 5 euro and has descriptions in English as well as Greek for each group of artefacts staged in their glass enclosures. Various biblical references are indicated pertaining to the religious nature of the previous empires that have been sculpted within the walls. The preservation of the fort from the previous 500 years is impressive. Ecth marks depicting history has been well traced. The interior makes the building larger than what it seems outside. The topside view over the Cypriot coastline is nice but a bit obstructed by the commerce of other buildings in the way of the deep blue ocean.
While the Limassol Castle is a worthwhile recommend, I wasn’t able to recapture the “wow” factor that I’ve experienced from other prestigious landmarks throughout the world. However, this is a pinnacle destination for anyone who visits Cyprus in general. Visitors could at least gain an understanding of the significance of Cypriot history with their visit. Sometimes I feel that shops and restaurants dress up the surrounding area in order to add further appeal to the landmark.
Part of the 2016 travels (UAE/Bahrain/Cyprus/USA/Japan) travel blog
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