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4 Lanterns: The historical bridge that saved the Limassol city center!

The 4 Lanterns Bridge is located at one of the most central areas of Limassol, over Garyllis River, connecting major streets and districts. Every day many people cross the area, but also the characteristic bridge, one of the most important historical points of reference in the city.

Back in the years of the Ottoman domination, until the arrival of the British, the passage from the place of the river was quite difficult, since at that time there was no bridge. A lot of people were passing from there, as it was the center of Limassol at that time, with various shops and craftsmen working nearby, at Eleftherias Street and at the surrounding neighbourhoods. Thus, the coaches, the horses and the pedestrians were forced to cross the river, while in the winter, with the rainfall, the passage was becoming more and more difficult, even impossible.

In fact, in 1880 and 1894, big floods occurred that resulted in the drowning of people and serious material damage. Following these incidents, the British administration decided to build a bridge for the easy movement and transit of the area, but also to make it easier to move from the Turkish Cypriot district that was there to the areas inhabited by Greek Cypriots.

The bridge was built in 1900, after the necessary designs and the order of special iron pieces from England. On the riverbeds were built walls of stone and arches, which were the bridge support, and were complemented by an iron section with beams.

Characteristic of the bridge is the 4 Lanterns on each side, 2 east and 2 west, signalling the entrance and exit of the bridge. From them, the bridge, but also the surrounding area, were named 4 Lanterns.

Thus, for more than a century, the bridge remains in the city giving a special identity in the area. The bridge and the 2 small roundabouts at the beginning and the end of the site unite well-known neighbourhoods and streets in the centre of Limassol, such as Eleftherias Street, Navarinou Street and the surrounding Turkish Cypriot districts. At the same time, it is an organic part of the linear park, which passes through Garyllis River (find out more about Garyllis River here), joining not only the streets but also the memories of the old Limassolians with the daily life of the younger people.

Source of information: Adamos Kombou, "Limassol Points of Reference", 2016

* NOTE: The articles of the Project "History of Limassol" present information that has emerged from historical research thus far. Any new data is embedded into the articles, once it has been confirmed.

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