Friday’s Fact About: Kolossi Castle

Another wonderful place of interest to visit in Cyprus is Kolossi castle, which stands tall (at around 21 metres high) in the village of Kolossi which is 11km west of Limassol.

kolossi castle

The castle was built in the 15th century on the ruins of a former fortress dated to the beginning of the 13th century, some of which can still be seen east of the present castle. The castle belonged to the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem and was the seat of the most important of the Commanderies that belonged to them. For a few years in the 14th century, it came under the control of the Knights Templar.

The castle today looks very well with really impressive square shape. It is a very well built castle similar to a tower, which reminds us any similar towers in Europe. Based on military architecture of the castle, offered satisfactory security to the area. It was strong enough to resist any attacks, as strong as the Kyrenia castle, and that is why it was considered to be impregnable. The solid construction proved able to protect the castle through the ages and also from the many earthquakes that happened in the area

Each of its four sides are 16m long on the outside and 13.5m on the inside. The height of the castle is 21m and it has three floors: the ground floor is divided into three parts and was probably used as storeroom. In the middle of the east side is a stone stairway leading first to the second floor, where the kitchen was probably located, and then to the third floor. The third floor was divided into two big halls and was the ‘house’ of the Commander. To the south of the castle there is a courtyard enclosed by walls and the ruins of an auxiliary building, probably a stable or a storehouse. On the southwest corner of that building there was an entrance, protected by a circular tower. Sugarcane refinery installations have been located to the east of the castle.
The area also produced and exported the traditional sweet wine of Cyprus, which became known as the “Vin de Commanderie” or Commandaria. Commandaria is now one of the oldest named wines in the world, having had the same name for eight centuries.

Visit the castle and see its wonder for yourself:

Tel: 00357 25 934 907
Operating Hours: (open all year round)                                                                                              Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 17:00 (16th September – 15th April)                                     Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30 (16th April – 15th September)
Entrance Fee: €2,50 Euro.

Click HERE to view the location on google maps.


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