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Larnaca Fort description and photos - Cyprus: Larnaca. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. Name in English - Larnaca Fort.
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Located in the southern part of Larnaca, not far from the embankment, the local fort was once considered one of the main defensive structures of the city. And now this place is a historical monument of the Middle Ages and a real attraction for tourists.
The first fortress on this territory was built by the Lusignans at the end of the XIV century to protect the city harbor from sea raids. Later, when the Turks seized power in Cyprus, the fortification literally received a second life - in 1625 it was completely rebuilt. But over time, it lost its protective function, and was partially destroyed.
The fort was restored in the second half of the 19th century, during the British rule on the island. It was during the British period that the fortress turned into a police station, and was also used as a prison. In addition, the most dangerous criminals were executed there - a gallows was installed in the courtyard especially for this. This continued until the middle of the last century. The last execution on the territory of the fort took place in 1948. Almost immediately after that, the police station was moved to another location.
Today, the building houses a historical museum, where you can see many unique items - from ancient finds to church utensils from the Middle Ages. A collection of various weapons is especially interesting.
And from the roof of the fortress itself, an amazing view of the city and the sea opens.
In addition, today in the courtyard of the city fort, which can accommodate about two hundred spectators , concerts are often held, performances and other cultural events. This mostly happens during the summer.
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