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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Jagdeep Jassi (12 months ago)
Gorgeous building in the day or night. However, at night time, it lights up which adds another aura to it. There is a very nice bronze sculpture of a woman on the rocks which makes for nice photos. The sunset is also very nice at this point, with the skies giving beautiful colors.
Vijay Rane (13 months ago)
it says castle here but its really a fort - and then again why it should even be called a fort is not quite clear - the only thing worth looking at around this place - if you are wondering around the harbour area and feel you need to get out of the heat a little and not have to sit in a restaurant for it, then you can buy a ticket and get in - nothing much to look at - but it will pass your time for at least 30 minutes or so - a little wind on the top is good - little better views around
Maria Christodoulou (14 months ago)
A great place for a leisurely stroll, a coffee or an ice-cream. Or just sit along the harbour wall and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks. The annual opera, by Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus, is staged at the castle and it’s a real treat!
The Mighty Kinkle (2 years ago)
A really nice castle. Great to cool down in on a hot day
Mirek Zabski (2 years 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.
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