Limassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. Places of interest included the 13th century-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artefacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods.
The Castle of Limassol and the Medieval Museum
Built in the 13th century on the site of a much older Byzantine fortress, the Limassol castle has gone through “transitions”. In the Ottoman era it was converted into a prison and into a fortress. Legend has it Richard the Lion Heart was married here to Berenguela de Navarra. Damaged repeatedly by the Venetians, the castle was rebuilt and is now has opened to the public. Today the castle houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum, which brings together all kinds of historical treasures and artefacts from the Medieval and Byzantine periods.. The exhibits include pieces of magnificently preserved ottoman crockery, religious relics, pieces of clothing, weapons, etc. In the beautiful gardens surrounding the fortress you can see an old press for olive oil dating back to the 7th century.
The Great Mosque and the Agia Napa Cathedral
The Great Mosque was built in the 16th century and is is popularly known as the Djami Kebir Camil Mosque. It is a place of worship for the Turkish-Cypriot and Muslim residents and is also opened to the public, appropriate clothing must be worn and shoes must be left at the door. Easily recognizable by its large adjoining tower, it is very close to the castle, as well as the Turkish baths (Hammam).
The Ayia Napa Cathedral, was built toward the end of the 19th and early 20th century. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to tradition it takes its name from an icon of the Virgin Mary which was found in a glen (Napa in Latin means glen). It is an impressive white building flanked by two towers with a central high rise dome.
The Archaeological Museum houses a rich collection of antiquities from the Neolithic age to the Roman period. The museum contains pottery, coins, jewellery, copper tools, sculptures, inscriptions and many more.
Limassol is also an ideal base from which to take day trips to the Troodos Mountains through picturesque villages with vineyards, or ancient sites, such as the imposing remains of Kourion and its museum, or the castle of Kolossi which is an excellent example of military architecture.