Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kolossi castle

Kolossi Castle is a medival (Crusader era) stronghold at the Kolossi village, 14 km (9 mi) west of the city of Limassol on the island of Cyprus. Trough the ages, the castle was belong to different factions of Crusaders, including Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem  and Knights Templar. It is believed that the castled build around 1210. The castle was mostly used as command center rather than defensive structure. It was also know that it produced sugar next to the castle for the creation of the sweet wine, Commandaria. Here are some pictures from my last visit:

Outside view of the castle in Kolossi, Cyprus.
Outside view of the castle in Kolossi, Cyprus. 

  Moving around the castle was only possible through small stairs. Inside he castle in Kolossi, Cyprus.
Moving around the castle was only possible through small stairs. Inside he castle in Kolossi, Cyprus.

Internal view of the castle in Kolossi, Cyprus. Note the fireplace on the right.
Internal view of the castle in Kolossi, Cyprus. Note the fireplace on the right.

View from the top of the castle in Kolossi, Cyprus.
View from the top of the castle in Kolossi, Cyprus.

The last floor of the castle includes a small room with screen for displaying information, in Kolossi, Cyprus.
The last floor of the castle includes a small room with screen for displaying information, in Kolossi, Cyprus. 

Going to the last floor of the castle, in Kolossi, Cyprus. There is also a small area under this part,  but it was not open to the public
Going to the last floor of the castle, in Kolossi, Cyprus. There is also a small area under this part,
but it was not open to the public


View of the last floor inside the castle, in Kolossi, Cyprus. Each big area had also a fireplace.
View of the last floor inside the castle, in Kolossi, Cyprus. Each big area had also a fireplace. 
Area where they produced sugar - view from the castle, in Kolossi, Cyprus.
Area where they produced sugar - view from the castle, in Kolossi, Cyprus.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Kataklismos - Flood Festival in Cyprus

Kataklysmos or Festival of the Flood marks the day of the Holy Spirit. The festival is organized in each of the coastal cities of Cyprus. These photos are from the festival in Limassol:

A blacksmith creating and manipulating objects using fire in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.
A blacksmith creating and manipulating objects using fire.

One of the many stages in the area for the festival in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.
One of the many stages in the area for the festival in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.

Another stage with traditional dances in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.
Another stage with traditional dances in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.

Some dances were more modern in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.
Some dances were more modern in Limassol, Cyprus during Kataklysmos - festival of flood.