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Kolossi Castle


Kolossi Castle
Kolossi Castle is a castle near Limassol, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) to the West of the city.

The first castle on the site was built in or around 1210 by the Frankish military, after King Hugh I of Cyprus gave the land to the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitaller). When built, the castle was an important center for the processing of sugarcane, which was one of the main exports from Cyprus during the Middle Ages.

The original castle was taken by the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar) in 1306. but returned to the Knights Hospitaller in 1313.

The present castle on the site was built in 1454 by the Knights Hospitaller led by the Commander of Kolossi, Louis de Magnac. As a result, Louis de Magnac's arms can be seen carved in the castle's walls.

Kolossi Castle today consists of a three-story keep, as well as an enclosed rectangular area (bailey) which is 98 feet (30 meters) by 130 feet (40 meters) in size.


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