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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.Plan to visit Othello Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Famagusta attractions using our Famagusta tour itinerary planner.
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This place offers lovely views across the harbour and the old town with lots of steps to different levels with plenty to explore. It doesn't take very long to go around but is very good value at...
This place offers lovely views across the harbour and the old town with lots of steps to different levels with plenty to explore. It doesn't take very long to go around but is very good value at... more »
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 »
The citadel, originally "harbour citadel" was built by the lusignian King Henry II at the beginning of 14th century to guard the harbour. Othello tower is one of four towers of the construction. Changes have been made by the Venetians at the end of 15th century. Shakespeare might have been inspired for his tragic play "Othello" by Christoforo Moro, the Venetian governor who was sent to Cyprus to defend the island against the Turkish Sultan and supposingly killed his wife in the citadel before returning to Venice in 1508. Shakespeare didn't mention Fermagusta, only "a town in Cyprus". An absolut must see in Mağusa/Fermagusta
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.
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