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The most famous part of the walls surrounding the city of Famagusta has to be the Citadel, commonly referred to as Othello's Castle. In the Shakespeare play, Othello the Moor was a Venetian commander, sent by his masters to Cyprus, where "The fortitude of the place is well known to you." From Act II onwards, the play is simply set in 'A seaport in Cyprus' and also in 'A hall in the castle'.



Of course, Shakespeare never visited Cyprus, but he may have heard the story of Sir Cristoforo Moro, a governor of Cyprus in the early 1500s, whose young wife died on the sea journey back from Cyprus. Sir Cristofor was not a Moor, but his surname may have suggested the change of race to Shakespeare for his lead character, that gives his play such inner tension.

Alternatively, the character of Othello may have been based on Francesca de Sessa, a Venetian officer serving in Cyprus. He was known as "Il Moro" because of his dark skin, and was punished by exile in 1544 for a unknown offence. Whatever the inspiration, the power of Shakespeare's play of a marriage torn apart by jealousy and the evil plotting of Othello's friend Iago, bring visitors flocking to this impressive building.

Today we went to Famagusta. I have read that it is possible to go to Northern Cyprus with the nrented car and indeed it is easy, you just have to pay insurance on the border, 20 euro for three days. The way back was a bit difficult because it was through small villages, in dark, and a few times we went the wrong way.
Famagusta is really nice town, with plenty of beautiful monuments and very nice atmosphere. We had there also a delicious lunch.
On TE there are many photos of the cathedral-mosque, this tower has never been shown.


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