Within the Medieval Castle of Limassol, you'll find the Cyprus Medieval Museum, boasting an array of captivating exhibits. Delve into the past with a collection that features Medieval pottery, tombstones, exquisite silver Byzantine era plates, weaponry, crosses, and ancient coins.
The castle itself, erected in the 13th century, stands on the grounds of a former Byzantine castle near the town's old harbor. Historical records indicate that the castle was once much grander, but the Venetians undertook various modifications to fortify it against seafaring marauders and incorporate it into the town's defenses.
According to legend, the illustrious Richard the Lionheart, King of England and a prominent figure in the 3rd Crusade, is said to have arrived near Amathous and celebrated his marriage to Berengaria of Navarre in the castle's chapel in 1191, anointing her as Queen of England.
Throughout history, the castle experienced diverse roles. After falling to the Ottomans in 1570, it served as a garrison and prison. During the British Rule era, it took on the role of a police station and, for a brief period, functioned as a place of detainment.