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Larnaca Fort

Posted: 04 Jun, 2018. No comments
Image of Larnaca Fort. A stone built structure on the seafront at Larnaca, Cyprus

This image shows Larnaca Fort as it is today. You could capture, an impressive photo of Larnaca Fort by walking out onto the wooden jetty from which this image was made. The jetty is accessible to wheelchair users.

Let us take a moment to recall that Larnaca Fort or Castle was built to defend the Southern coast of Cyprus. It is suggested that the current building, built of cut limestone blocks, dates to the late 12th Century and is overlaying an earlier Byzantine fortification.

As a busy port during the medieval ages the fort was needed as a base from which to secure the port and harbour town.

By the 18th Century the castle had lost much of its importance and was abandoned and began to fall into ruin.  Thereafter it was repaired and was used during the British period as a prison. The last execution took place there in 1948. The castle was also used as a prison by the Greek Cypriots during the Cypriot civil war.

Conversion to a museum followed Cypriot independence. Visitors to the museum may get a sense of the history of the building by visiting within where accessibility for wheelchair users is not great.

In researching this article I discovered that Larnaca is built on the ruins of ancient Citium, the birthplace of Stoic philosopher Zeno, but more of him another day.

Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas via Pixabay free image library.

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