23 September, 2020

Kolossi Castle, the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar

Driving from Limassol towards the west for about 15 minutes, signs will lead you to the village of Kolossi, home of the iconic medieval Kolossi Castle, with its unmistakable cubic shape. Originally built in the 13th century and regarded as a prime example of military architecture, Kolossi Castle was the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar, and later the headquarters of the knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In its present form, the fort dates back to 1451 and still stands as solid as ever, welcoming visitors who are transported to the past as they cross the drawbridge to tour the castle.

The fertile land around the castle was largely used for the cultivation of sugar cane, but was also known for its vineyards, which produced the famous ‘Commandaria’ wine, a reference to the Templar’s Grand Commandery. The sweet dessert wine is now recognized as the oldest wine in the world that is still in production today.

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