Mission to Cyprus
April 2000 - September 2001
Week of June 10, 2001
|East Side of Kolossi Castle.
"The island seems to have an abundance of ruins especially along the coastal areas. You would expect that they would be more carefully guarded from further destruction, but very little work has been done to protect them from
tourists. Kolossi Castle was built by the crusaders in A.D. 1210"
"As big and as impressive as the castle is, it would not be a pleasant place to live. It probably afforded them a lot of protection from the summer heat, but I don't know how four fireplaces could possibly keep them warm in winter. There is a staircase that takes you to the top of the castle where you can view the beautiful surrounding fields and the sea."
"In that day, they had many vineyards and sugar plantations surrounding the castle, and a sugar factory was built adjacent to it. You can still see parts of the aqueduct that delivered water to the factory and castle. The sugar factory doesn't have much left of it. They have had some severe
earthquakes over the centuries, but the castle was built with such massive walls that it survived."
"There is an old tree on the grounds around the castle that has been provided metal supports to hold up its huge horizontal branches. To me, the tree was as
impressive as the castle."