Military Architecture and Artifacts


Venetian period (1500s AD)
from Ayios Epiktitos
Limmassol Medieval Museum

Kolossi castle

Kolossi castle
Built by Frankish crusaders, near Limasol
Frankish period (12th - 15th century)

The various rulers of medieval Cyprus built an extensive series of castles, walls, and watchtowers to defend their individual interests and ward off hostile attacks.

military helmet

Venetian-style iron helmet
Venetian period (late 16th century)
Limassol Medieval Museum

Called a morion, this would have been the type of helmet worn by soldiers at the siege of Famagusta in 1571. Elaborately engraved or embossed helmets were the property of officers or elite guards.