Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lusignan Palace Ruins

The Lusignan Palace Ruins (also known as the Lusignan Kings' Summer Palace, Royal Residence of King Peter II, and Grand Palace of Potamia) are located near Potamia Village, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.

This palace was built by King Peter II in the 14th century, during the Lusignan rule in Cyprus.  It was once a lovely royal residence with beautiful gardens.  The palace was utilized as a command center for King Ianos and his Venetian military forces while fighting the Egyptians, whom are believed to have destroyed the palace in 1426.  Soon after, the palace was restored and used by the last Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro.

After the Ottoman rule in Cyprus, the palace became a command center, and from 1964 until 1980, it served as a military camp for the National Guard.  Later, the palace structure slowly started to collapse, especially after an earthquake in 1996.

Today, the current structure of the palace is unsafe to explore, until it's been properly restored.  However, the Lusigian Palace Ruins are visible from outside and at a safe distance away.

The Lusigian Palace Ruins are lovely to visit, especially for those exploring this area of Cyprus.

Site: Lusigian Palace Ruins. 

Category: Archaeological Site. 

Location: Near Potamia Village, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A.

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

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