Othello Castle, also known as Othello's Tower, is a castle in Famagusta, Cyprus. It was built by the Lusignans in the 14th century, and was later modified by the Venetians. The castle was named after a Venetian governor in 1506. Shakespeare's play Othello which is believed to be written in 1603 might have taken its name from this castle.HistoryOthello Castle was built in the 14th century by the Lusignans (who ruled the Kingdom of Cyprus) to protect the port against possible enemy attacks. It was also used as the main entrance to Famagusta. It used to be called "impenetrable fortress" due to it being nearly impossible to attack because of very deep ditches surrounding it.After Cyprus was sold to the Republic of Venice, the castle's square towers were replaced with circular ones to suit more modern artillery. After these modifications, a relief of the Lion of St Mark was engraved above the castle's main entrance. The name of Captain Nicolo Foscari, who directed the alterations to the castle, and the date 1492 are inscribed near the relief. The castle gets its name from Shakespeare's famous play Othello, which is set in a harbour town in Cyprus.In 1900, the castle's ditch was drained of water to reduce the risk of malaria.Plan to visit Othello Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Famagusta attractions using our Famagusta tour itinerary planner .
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Othello Castle Reviews
De Othello Castle ook de Citadel genaamd , omzoomd door versterkte stadsmuren .Boven de ingang een prachtig beeldhouw werk een mooi binnenplein, zeker het bezoeken waard. more »The Othello Castle also called the Citadel, bordered by fortified city walls. Above the entrance a beautiful sculpture work a beautiful courtyard, definitely worth a visit.
Culturally beautiful and by night amazing bars and restaurants a lovely surprise, a must see. When it is bust the castle comes alive i would highly recommend eating there if you get a chance more »
This is a very historic place. Well preserved and restored. Secluded by the walls of the castle takes you back I time. You could spend lot of time exploring all the passages and rooms. Recommend go early morning or later in afternoon to enjoy when cool. Must see if you like Shakespeare and Othello.
History and Shakespeare,with fantastic views of a historic walled city. Amazing value for money.
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