Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Limassol: The City

The city of Limassol (also known as Lemesos) is located along the southern coast, in the Limassol district of Cyprus.


It's situated between two ancient cities: Amathus and Kourion.  The city of Limassol was built after Amathus was destroyed, yet this area been inhabited since ancient times.  During the Byzantine period, Limassol was known as Neapolis.  In 1191, the English King Richard the Lionheart conquered Cyprus, which ended the Byzantine rule.  When he destroyed Amathus, the remaining residents moved to Limassol.

In 1192, Cyprus was sold to the Templars, which led to a revolt that allowed Guy de Lusignan to purchase and rule Cyprus.  In 1489, the Cypriot Queen Catherine Cornaro sold Cyprus to Venice.  During the Venetian rule, the Limassol Castle was renovated.

In 1570, the Ottoman Empire invaded Cyprus, and Limassol was conquered.  During this time period, Limassol was actually a village with a large population.  In 1878, the British started ruling Cyprus.  Colonel Warren was Limassol's first British governor, and he focused on improving the condition of Limassol.

The city now covers a 15 km coastline, and there are several villages serving as suburbs of Limassol.  As a coastal city, there are plenty of beaches for locals and tourists to enjoy.

Regarding population, Limassol is considered the second largest city in Cyprus.  This city has the largest municipality and largest port, and largest in geographical size, as compared to other the Cypriot cities.

The old town of Limassol features narrow streets and older buildings.  Some places to explore in that area include the Anexartisias Shopping Street, Limassol Castle, and Old Harbor, which is renovated into the Limassol Marina.

Other sites to explore in the city of Limassol include the Limassol Promenade, Limassol Municipal Gardens with the Limassol Zoo and Limassol Wine Festival (hosted yearly in September), Amathus Archaeological Site, Amathus Ruins at Acropolis Hill, Limassol District Archaeological Museum, Polemidia Park, etc. 

For both tourists and locals, the city of Limassol is enjoyable to explore.

Site: City of Limassol. 

Category: City. 

Location: Southern coastline, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2008 to 2014.

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