Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Paphos Castle

Paphos Castle is located on the edge of Paphos harbour. It was built during the Byzantine era as a fort in order to protect the harbour. It was then rebuilt by the Lusignas in the 13th century, after it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1222. In 1570 it was dismantled by the Venetians. When the Ottomans captured the island they restored and strengthened it.

It has served as a fortress, a prison and even a warehouse for salt during the British occupation of the island. It was declared a listed building in 1935 and represents one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city of Paphos. 
The castle itself is a stunning stone walled castle built on the harbour. There is an arched battle way bridge that connects the castle to the harbour itself. The view from the top platform is magnificent and from here one can see Kato Paphos. 

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