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Limassol Castle is an object open to the public and houses a branch of the Cyprus Museum, presenting a collection on the island's history, with particular emphasis on the Middle Ages. Castle exhibitions document the economic, social and artistic development of Cyprus.
The most ancient buildings on the site of the current castle were probably built around the 4th century. It was an early Christian basilica. In the last years of the 12th century Gwidon of Lusignan built the first fortifications here. It is traditionally acknowledged that in this place in 1191 the English king Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her queen.
In the first half of the 16th century, the city and the fortress were captured by the Ottomans. Soon after, the castle was demolished, and in its place the Turks built their own fortress, which still exists today. The lowest floors of the building were converted into a prison and served this function until the mid-20th century.