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Othello Castle, Famagusta

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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.
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  • We were a group of travellers from Canada, and visited this attraction while on a day trip to Famagusta. This castle is professed to be the inspiration for Shakespeare's Othello. We could not gain... 
    We were a group of travellers from Canada, and visited this attraction while on a day trip to Famagusta. This castle is professed to be the inspiration for Shakespeare's Othello. We could not gain...  more »
  • Access to this is very easy and only a short strole from the old town centre. Quite easy to climb with safe steps. If you have reached this you will have read the history at least in part. The views.....  more
    Access to this is very easy and only a short strole from the old town centre. Quite easy to climb with safe steps. If you have reached this you will have read the history at least in part. The views.....  more »
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  • Amazing meze, live music was bang on. Great night out
  • Best bar ever, a MUST experience if you get here in Famagosta

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