Kolossi Castle is well truly worth a go to if you are at all intrigued in Cyprus historical past and lifestyle. Positioned off the Limassol to Paphos highway just exterior the hectic town of Limassol by itself it fits into a excellent times sightseeing. Just observe the brown vacationer details signals off the highway and the castle is found on the key road to the RAF Akrotiri foundation. If you adore cats the monastery of Saint Nicholas of the cats is only a couple of miles even further along the exact highway.
The very first Medieval fort was crafted on the site early in the 13th Century by a group of Knights recognised as the Hospitallers. Also known as the knights of the buy of Saint John their mission in Cyprus was to assist and protect pilgrims checking out the Holy land. They vacated the castle sometime all over the beginning of the 14th Century to established up headquarters on the Island of Rhodes. Their rivals the famed buy of the knights Templar squandered no time in putting in on their own in the awesome empty fort where they stayed until eventually the whole purchase was annihilated by King Philip of France and Pope Clement. They wished the Knights Templar out of the way because they feared their rising ability and it is also claimed that the pope owed the knights a lot of money.
With the Templar’s out of the photograph the Hospitallers promptly moved back in right up until the crusades ended with the fall of Acre just one of the most essential Crusader strongholds. Inspite of the Island slipping less than the command of the Venetians marauding Turks virtually wrecked the authentic castle at Kolossi roundabout the center of the 15th Century. The fort that stands on the web site now was constructed someday just after that and it is in rather amazing issue for a 500 calendar year aged developing (suggests a good deal for Cyprus builders). Most of the creating is open up to site visitors and there are a pair of tiny cafes in the castle grounds exactly where you can rest following climbing the ways to the roof. In later a long time the castle became the administrative seat of electricity for the space about creation and distribution of the well-known Commandarie wine. This sweet Cyprus wine owes its title to those governors or “Commandaires” as they ended up recognized.
It is claimed that King Richard the lion heart married Berengaria of Navarre at Kolossi Castle and afterwards crowned her Queen of each England and Cyprus. A lot of historians refute this even so claiming that the dates clash with other historical files linking him with crusades at the time. If it is true nevertheless it puts an attention-grabbing slant on the idea of obtaining married in Cyprus. Immediately after all, if it was superior sufficient for King Richard probably the Island is a fantastic spot for other partners to tie the knot much too. Joking apart, lots of specialists agree that Kolossi is almost certainly 1 of the most vital Medieval castles in Cyprus and it is unquestionably very well worth a go to although you are in the space. It can make a fantastic quit off if you are preparing to check out the ancient site of Kurion a few miles additional together the Limassol to Paphos freeway.