The Othello Castle
The castle, built by the Lusignans in the 14th century,
was being used as one of the main entrances to Famagusta.
It is surrounded with a deep ditch.
Just above the entrance to the castle lies the St. Mark lion
in relief, under which the name of captain Nicolo Foscari
-the captain who restored the tower- and the year 1492
is inscribed. The castle comprises towers and corridors leading
to artillery batteries.
There is also a refectory, and a dormitory dating back to
the Lusignan times. There are cannons, and iron and stone
cannon balls belonging to the Spaniards and Ottomans in the
castle yard. Part of Shakespeares famous tragedy, Othello,
takes place in a harbour town in Cyprus. The main character
of the play, Othello, is introduced as an Algerian (Moor).
playwright is thought to have been misled by the name of the
governor of the period: Christophora Moro.