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Limassol Fort

Listed under Castle Forts in Limassol, Cyprus.

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Not one of the most beautiful or glorious Cypriot castle forts, Limassol is famous for one particular event: this is where Richard Lionheart was supposed to have married Berengaria of Navarre in 1191, making her the Queen of England. Unfortunately the structure you see today isn’t the same one as they married in, it was destroyed in an earthquake, this heavy, stone building was built in the 14th Century then had some of its stones appropriated by the Venetians to built the city’s walls, and was later repaired by the Turks, so it’s a bit of an architectural jigsaw puzzle.

These days the castle is home to the Medieval Museum of Cyprus, and holds some of the island’s most interesting relics from that period, including plenty of artefacts referencing Richard. It also has some impressive suits of armour, knights tombs and paintings from the 17th and 18th Centuries in its collection.

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