From Byzantium to Venice via the Crusaders: Cyprus in the Medieval Period


Medieval Castle Saranda Kolones, Paphos (Copyright:B.Hoffmann)

Birgitta Hoffmann

During the Middle Ages Cyprus was a floating fortress defending the sea routes to the East to all comers, while at the same time attracting all comers to their lucrative markets. Not an easy combination for the inhabitants, but the result of some fantastic archaeology, starting with the Crusader Castles at St.Hilarion and the Venetian fortresses like Famagusta, but progressing well beyond it. Cyprus became one of the cultural contact spheres in the Mediterranean, mixing Orthodox, Western Christian tradition with the cultures of the Levantine Traders, whether Jewish, Arab or Turkish, producing some unique architecture paid for by trade, but also the large agricultural production in the island, especially of cane sugar and bread fruit/carob, which in the end attracted both the Venetians and the Turks.

Dayschool: Friday, 2nd December 2016 Time: 11am– 4pm.

Wilmslow Parish Hall
Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA 

Please note: The car park is a pay and display car park (£2).

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£32 £28* 9 35

*£28, if booked before 1 November, 2016.

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to

Birgitta Hoffmann, 55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: phone: 0161 300 5532/07747 533 070