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Othello Castle, Famagusta

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  • If you're already in Famagusta, the Othello Castle should be worth a visit. Too much to see, although not there, but the facility itself is impressive.
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  • Port city of Famagusta is packed with attractions. Called the Othello Tower buildings seemed injury is quite severe. It was a building history of Northern Cyprus have suffered the invasion of other countries had a glimpse of.
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  • Sitting proudly on the coast of the Island, this is a wonderful castle. The views from the walls are remarkable, and history of the place equally so, and with all sorts of areas to explore it is a fan...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice historic tower !
  • Historic Site in Walled Old Famagusta
  • Othello's Tower... Yes... THE Othello... Not a lot of people know this, but Shakespeare's Othello is based on a historical figure. This is his castle. Essentially, Othello's Tower is Famagusta's Citadel, its last line of defense in case the city is overrun. It's an expansive fortification that requires an entire afternoon's attention if you want to see it properly. You'll find plenty of photo opportunities and historical factoids. My only criticism of this place is that it's been stripped of any an all furnishings, so what you're touring is basically an empty castle. Nevertheless, it well worth seeing if you're in town. Pro-Tip: The central courtyard is converted into an outdoor theater for part of the summer. Unsurprisingly enough, you can see Othello on-stags in Othello's Castle, if you get your visiting dates right. Dates change from year to year, so be sure to check out the local tourist information websites ahead of time.