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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The Mighty Kinkle (4 months ago)
A really nice castle. Great to cool down in on a hot day
Mirek Zabski (5 months ago)
A little bit effusive name ‘castle’. In my opinion, it’s just a typical harbour stronghold like many others which were built in the Byzantine Empire. It doesn't hurt to have a look. There are many souvenir shops and cafes in the immediate vicinity. You will also find cool places to grab a snack. I visited in April 2015.
skylightchaser hero (5 months ago)
Small but impressive. Don't forget to see the exhibits inside .
Ioannis Asvestas (7 months ago)
Very beautiful!
FPN account (8 months ago)
The entrance fee is low but not low enough! We were very disappointed and surprised to find that all the information was only in Greek. Of course, Cyprus is a Greek-speaking country but considering Paphos was a European city of culture for 2017 and gets so many international visitors each year we were amazed that there were no translations on the information boards. The views are good from the top but not worth the entry fee!
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