Discover Kolossi Castle Cyprus

Some 9 miles to the west of Limassol, on the southern coast of the island, the castle of the Order of the Templars of Kolossi is a sight you shouldn't miss. Chased out of Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, the Knights of the Order of Hospitallers retreated to Cyprus in 1291 and chose Kolossi as their main base in the eastern Mediterranean. However, the castle as it is now, with its three levels, dates from 1454. It was rebuilt in the 15th century after having been destroyed by the Genoese and the Mamelouks. The castle is open for visits, which are free of charge.

  • Kolossi Castle , The castle of Kolossi , Cyprus
    The castle of Kolossi

    The Commandery of the Knights of Kolossi is the best mark left by the order of the Hospital in Cyprus.

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  • Kolossi Castle , The Kolossi Dungeon near Limassol , Cyprus
    The Kolossi Dungeon near Limassol

    To the west of Limassol, the fort is located in the main wine region of Cyprus.

    Kirill Makarov / 123RF
  • Kolossi Castle , The seat of the Hospital order , Cyprus
    The seat of the Hospital order

    Expelled from the kingdom of Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, the Knights of the Hospital order retreated to Cyprus in 1291 and settled in Kolossi.

    Ruzanna Arutyunyan / 123RF
  • Kolossi Castle , The wines of Kolossi , Cyprus
    The wines of Kolossi

    At its peak, the commandery controlled more than 60 surrounding villages, and was famous for its wines.

    Ruzanna Arutyunyan / 123RF
  • Kolossi Castle , A tour around Kolossi , Cyprus
    A tour around Kolossi

    It is still possible to see the foundations of the first castle, erected on the site in the early 13th century.

    Ruzanna Arutyunyan / 123RF
  • Kolossi Castle , The Dungeon of Kolossi , Cyprus
    The Dungeon of Kolossi

    From the top of the dungeon, you can admire the rich surrounding countryside.

    Ievgenii Fesenko / 123RF
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