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The Limassol Castle is situated in the heart of the old town, just above the old harbour. It is a historic place of interest as, according to tradition, this is where in 1191 the wedding of Richard the Lionheart with Berengaria of Navarre took place making her Queen of England. This occurred when the king landed near Amathous on his way to the Holy Land during the third Crusade.
Nowadays, the medieval castle at Limassol also houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum.
It is believed that this sturdy stronghold was built by the Lusignans on foundations erected by the Byzantines. The Venetian, Ottoman and British occupiers all strengthened its fortifications during their time.
Although the castle does not look very impressive from outside, it is definitely worth going inside and exploring it.
• According to tradition this is where Richard the Lionheart married and crowned Berengaria of Navarre as Queen of England in 1191
• A historical monument believed to have been originally built in the Byzantine era
• The Cyprus Medieval Museum is currently located on this site.
Look Out For:
• The castle is closed on Mondays
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