Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Othello's Castle

Othello's Castle (also known as Othello's Tower and the Citadel) is located near Saint George of the Latins Church Ruins in the city of Famagusta, within the Famagusta district of Northern Cyprus.

It 1310, the Lusignans originally built this castle as a moated citadel in order to defend the Famagusta Harbor from attacks.  In 1492, the Venetians rebuilt it in the Italian Renaissance style, as well as incorporating the former citadel into the city walls.  In the 1500s, this castle was utilized as a prison for Famagusta.

During the British Colonial period, this castle was renamed Othello's Castle, since the setting of Shakespeare's tragic play, Othello, is a harbor town in Cyprus.  Also, Lieutenant Christoforo Moro is allegedly the inspiration for Shakespeare's Othello, and tradition claims that Othello's Castle was once his home.

In April 2014, it was announced that this site is closed for restoration However, Othello's Castle is a still lovely place to view at a distance, until the current restoration has been completed.

Site: Othello's Castle. 

Category: Archaeological Site. 

Location: The city of Famagusta, within the Famagusta district of Northern Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Currently closed for restoration. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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