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Kolossi Castle – A fine example of military architecture

02 Mar 2018

The Kolossi castle was initially constructed in the 13th century and it was then rebuilt in its present form during mid-15th century. This well admired 15th century castle serves as a fine example of military architecture. It is situated in Kolossi village, 14km west of Limassol.Kolossi castleDuring the 13th century, the castle served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar and after the fall of Acre in 1291 the castle served as the headquarters of the knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. It was built with military architecture offering security within the area and resisting any attacks. at a height of 21 meters and a length of 15 meters on the outside and 14 meters on the inside.

The castle of Kolossi can be accessed by a short drawbridge which was originally defended by a parapet high above, through which defenders would pour boiling oil or molten lead to the enemies. Once you enter the castle you will see two large chambers, one with a large fireplace and a spiral staircase which leads to another two chambers on the upper level and the last level is the roof and used to be the “house” of the commander.

The surrounding land around Kolossi castle had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name of the wine itself actually originates from the headquarters of Kolossi, the ‘Grand Commanderie’.

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