Othello Castle, Famagusta

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  • We particularly wanted to come here as a pilgrimage for my husband, as he was a junior ship's officer visiting the port in 1972-3 - Othello's Castle overlooks the old port. Not too much to see in the ...  more »
  • Not ideal for the mobility impaired but for those fitter people the top of the steps give you a view of the working docks. A statue of Shakespeare’s is below the walls  more »
  • The main attraction of Famagusta is the castle of Otello, which during the Venetian domination was the fortified citadel in front of the sea. A large marble slab with a crowned lion is located on the main entrance to the castle to witness that Cyprus remained United after the annexation Venetian sea state. From the top you can admire a beautiful view of the harbour.
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  • Inspired Shakespeare to write Othello but have to pay to get in and there's not much to see
  • This castle, like the rest of the Famagusta old town are atmospheric and well preserved. With a visit to the city and the tour.
  • Historical site, must see if you are in Famagusta! Entrance is only 9TL!
  • Othello's tower was originally built as a moated citadel in order to protect Famagusta's harbour, and was originally the main entrance to the town. When the Venetians arrived, they greatly strengthened the town's defences, incorporating the citadel into the main town walls. The tower was remodelled by the Venetian Captain Nicolo Foscareno in 1492. Above the main entrance, there is a sculpture of the winged lion of St Mark, the patron saint of Venice, along with an inscription crediting Nicoli Foscareno with the renovation. Take a moment to look at the lion sculpture before you go through the gate. The front paws are on the land, representing Venice's land power, while the rear paws are in the sea, representing her maritime empire. Below the lion, the entrance door is one of the earliest surviving wooden doors in Cyprus. The citadel's more common name, "Othello's Tower", originates from Shakespeare's "Othello". The play refers to "a port in Cyprus", and "Cyprus, the Citadel". It has also been suggested that the Moor in the service of Venice could have been named after a Governor of Cyprus, Cristoforo Moro. Shakespeare's play, however, is not contemporary with Venetian rule, having been written more than 30 years after the Ottomans arrived.
  • Excellent place to visit. There are many places inside the walled city like that.

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Where to stay in Famagusta

Although Famagusta was once a bustling tourist destination, the city enjoys far fewer tourists today. The hotels that remain tend to be orientated towards luxury travel, offering on-site restaurants, swimming pools, and even a private section of beach. Vacation rentals are more plentiful and often a good value, particularly if you're traveling in a large group. However, they are frequently set in residential neighborhoods. To make the most of Famagusta's nightlife, opt for a place within walking distance of Salamis Road.
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