Paphos Castle

Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos (Pafos) Castle was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century. Originally, this role was served by the Saranta Kolones fort, the ruins of which lie a few hundred meters to the north.

During its long history, the Pafos Castle was used, as well as for protection, as prison cells, and even as a storage area for salt when the island was a British colony. In 1935 it was declared an ancient monument and today is considered as one of the hallmarks of the Pafos region.

Many cultural events take place in the square just in front of the castle, while during September each year the Pafos Aphrodite Festival which presents a different opera every year staged here by world famous artists with the castle building usually acting as part of the scenery.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Cyprus

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Simon Winstanley (19 months ago)
Nice place to visit. €2.50 entrance good view on a clear day. Interesting info on Cyprus and heritage too.
Yevheniia (19 months ago)
We came here after the Archeological park and we didn't like it. It cost 5€ per 2 persons and we couldn't understand why)) The castle is small and empty. The view from the top is nice but not the best
Helen Tinsley (20 months ago)
2.5 euros entrance fee. Some interesting facts on the Akamas peninsular. Geology evidence of tsunamis and other geological facts, birds, green turtles facts on boards on ground floor. Stairs up to viewing area 360 degrees but blowing a gale today.
Rihards Krjučins (20 months ago)
Medieval castle of Paphos exhibits informational boards with photography about the nature of the area. Also visit of the rooftop terrace will open you a good view over the city and sea. Quick visit of ~25 minutes will be enough.
Petr Majer (2 years ago)
Wouldn't have any problems with this historical site if it was free, but the fainthearted attempt at a museum inside doesn't really justify the cost. It's still pretty interesting to go on top of the fortress and look it over the sea but part of it's closed and downstairs there's just a few pictures with captions.
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