The Buffavento Castle
Buffavento Castle is one of the three castles constructed
on the Kyrenia Range as a line of defence against the Arab
attacks - the other two being the St.
Hilarion Castle, and the Kantara Castle.
Buffavento Castle is on a hill top 950 metres above sea level.
In the Lusignan period (1192-1489), the castle is referred
to as the "Lion Castle"; during this period the
castle was used as a prison.
the Venetian period the Buffavento Castle was neglected, as
castles on the coastline had emerged as being of greater use
for the defence of Cyprus. The castle consists of two sections:
the lower castle and the higher section.
lower castle has an arched entrance. The rooms opposite the
entrance were used for storing provisions and as dormitories.
There is a cistern under the rooms.
red brick workmanship on the arches of gates and rooms is
of the Byzantine style. Little has remained of the church
that used to be here. Buffavento means Insubordinate
to the Wind. The Trodos Mountains and a beautiful scenery
is visible from the castle.