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Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The art and architecture of the crusader states
(1977)

V: The Arts in Cyprus,   pp. 165-207 PDF (15.7 MB)


Page 207

Ch. V CYPRUS: MILITARY ARCHITECTURE 207 
kingdom with the coming of the Genoese did not at first affect the work of
its castle-builders, who seem to have dealt promptly and effectively with
the new problem of a land frontier. The scale and workmanship of what remains
of La Cava are most impressive, and we must regret the destruction of the
contemporary citadel in Nicosia. Nevertheless, there are conservative features
in these later works indicating that the builders followed the thirteenth-century
tradition of outremer rather than contemporary work in Europe. From the later
disaster of the Mamluk invasion and the burden of the Egyptian tribute there
could be no real recovery. Thus the fifteenth century passed without the
erection of any important military monument, and it was left to the Venetians
to convert the high-walled fortresses of Famagusta and Kyrenia so that they
could mount and sustain artillery bombardments. 


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