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Ancient narratives unfold

The history of the Castle of Kolossi in Limassol will be told on Friday during the presentation of the bilingual book At Kolossi and at the Castles: Contemporary Visual Narratives by Nadia Anaxagorou, at the Agios Andronikos Cultural Centre in Kolossi.

The initial aim of the book was the documentation of the exhibition, under the same title, which took place last October in the actual castle. However, the book written in both Greek and English, evolved into a historical account on both medieval and contemporary aspects constituting the history of the castle. This historical account is recorded with both text and photographs of creations by leading Cypriot artists.

The book is to be presented on Friday at 7pm by researcher-narratologist Skevi Tsiakka. The centre will also be opened on the same day by the Director of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Pavlos Paraskevas.

Tsiakka says “the book is a fascinating narrative taking us back in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, when in 1192 the Lusignan royal family got hold of Cyprus, and in 1210 when King Hugh I de Lusignan granted the fief of Kolossi to the Knights Hospitaller who must have constructed a tower there, as testified by its traces in the south-east of the present Castle. In 1291, with the fall of Acre and the final expulsion of the Crusaders from Syria and Palestine, Cyprus formed the most important state in the Levant remaining in western hands, thus the Orders of the Temple and the Hospital moved their administrative headquarters to Lemesos, whereas the Hospitallers, after 1302, moved their seat from Lemesos to Kolossi.”

Anaxagorou sheds fresh light on a lot of information we already have about the castle, while also clarifying any misinterpretations that have been formed throughout the years.

At Kolossi and at the Castles: Contemporary Visual Narratives by Nadia Anaxagorou
Book presentation. October 14. 7pm. Agios Andronikos Cultural Centre in Kolossi, Limassol. In Greek and English. Tel: 25-934907


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