Larnaka (Larnaca) Medieval Castle

Nestled at the end of the Foinikoudes promenade, Larnaka's Medieval Castle, also known as Larnaka Fort, is believed to trace its roots back to the Middle Ages, undergoing transformations during the Ottoman rule, though its exact origins remain a topic of discussion.

According to historian Florius Boustronius, the credit for its inception goes to Lusignan King James I (1382 - 1398 AD), who is thought to have erected it to protect the town's harbor. Contrary views suggest that the Turks constructed the castle in 1625 AD, although historical records indicate a Turkish presence dating back to 1570 AD. Accounts from travelers further reinforce the idea that the castle predates 1625.

Following the Ottoman era in Cyprus, the British repurposed the castle into a prison, utilizing the western chamber on the ground floor for executions. The gallows, likely installed in the room, remained operational until 1948.

Today, the castle serves as the home of the Larnaka Medieval Museum, spanning three rooms and exhibiting artifacts from the Early Christian era (4th-7th centuries) to the Ottoman period (18th-19th century). Explore the rich history within the castle's walls as it unfolds through the diverse collection on display in the museum.

Location and Contact Information

Region: Larnaka

Address: Leoforos Athinon

Telephone +357 24304576

Opening Times

September 16 - April 15, Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 17:00

April 16 - September 15, Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 19:30

Saturday and Sunday: 09:30 - 17:00

Operating Period: All year round.

Closed on Public Holidays.

Entrance Fee

€2,50

Pensioners €1,25

Organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.

The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards - €8,50, three (3) day entry cards - €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards - €25,00.‍

Note: Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.