Adventure Travel McColls (ATM$) 2017-2018 travel blog

It’s all Greek to me

Kolossi icastle isa monument to classic medieval military architecture

Two great guys in shining armour

The ruins of the first castle built 121

The machicolation used by the knights to pour hot water/oil on enemies

Entering to the first storey means crossing the drawbridge

One main floor room of two large rooms,

The windows with built-in stone seating were clever

Each room had a single massive fireplace

Fireplaces in each room all had the fluer de lis

Wall painting depicting the crucifixion suggests the room served as a chapel

The coat of arms of Grand Commander of the Order of the...

My travelling troupe

Countryside view from the roof

An enemy’s viewpoint of the boiling oil

Blocked exit

This spiral staircase would be a tight squeeze in armour

The grate through which rocks, oil or water was rained down upon...

A look up at the “new” castle from the older one’s foundations

 

 

Exiting is rather less intimidating than entering

Of course that’s a Cypress tree

This is a 150+ yrs old rosewood tree on the castle grounds

Sugar cane was and still is an important local crop

Ruins of a 14th c sugar mill next to the castle


Heading out to the Akrotiri Peninsula on a primary route took us past Akrotiri salt lake, another important habitat for migratory birds on their annual Europe-Africa return trips.

The route continued through pale dry hills dotted with scrub and olive trees, valleys of cultivated farms and past villages of whitewashed houses with red clay thigh-tile roofs. Once we left the main highway, we drove along roads that were variously aside vineyards, cut through orange plantations, or lined with bright pink bougainvillea.

Our first stop was the 13th century Kolossi Castle west of Limasol/Lemesos. It is the kind of fortified tower that seems familiar, thanks to movies and TV shows.

It perches on the edge of Kolossi village and was under the rule of the Knights of St John in the 13th century, and in the 14th century under the Knights Templar. The Knights started producing what is recognized as “one of the oldest named wines in the world”, vin de Commandaria.

Kolossi Castle is pretty much a box surrounded by a dry moat and approached via a drawbridge. The only part of the facade that I found “pretty” turned out to be more than just decorative. This architectural feature is called the parapet. It is from this high point above the drawbridge that boiling oil was poured on top of any enemies who dared to approach.

Before moving on, we purchased a few glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice from a roadside stand. The perfect refreshment on a warm, dry and dusty day.



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