Larnaca Medieval Castle, also known as the Larnaca Fort, is believed to have been originally built during the Middle Ages although there is some contestation regarding its origins. It is situated on the southern point of “Finikoudes” coastal avenue and boasts a small museum and exquisite coastal views from the top of Finikoudes Beach, the promenade and the city. The famous fort stands at the water’s edge and separates Finikoudes from the old Turkish quarter. During summer the striking courtyard is used for theatrical performances, concerts and cultural events which organised by the Larnaca Municipality.
It is believed that the castle founded during the Byzantine era, as the first fortification in the 12th century. The first written testimony comes from the 14th century and dates it to the years of Luzignian King James I (1382-1398AD) who built it to protect the harbor of the town. After the end of the Ottoman era in Cyprus, the British converted the fort into a prison, taking its present form, and it was used as such during the first years of their rule. Gallows were installed in the western chamber of the ground floor and were used for the execution of prisoners until 1948.
Today the Castle houses a small museum consisting of three rooms situated on the upper floor of the main building, directly above the entrance. Antiquities from Early Christian, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine eras can be seen in the west room, and medieval pottery, cooking utensils, guns helmets, swords and suits of armor can be seen in the east room. The third room is a reconstruction of an “ottoman ontas” room. This site is open daily with differing hours in the winter and summer months. Visitors are advised to check before visiting. Entrance is €2.50 and it is closed on public holidays. The Department of Antiquities issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments. Price depends on how many days you purchase. One-day entry cards costs €8.50.