The 3-storey Lanitis Building

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In 1926, the construction of one of the oldest, 3-storey buildings in Limassol was completed, known to Limassolians as the 'Tripato (3 storey) Lanitis.'. Today, it is one of the most well-preserved buildings, featuring characteristic examples of late 19th century architecture, located next to the Limassol Town Hall.  

At the start of the 20th century, it was one of the first buildings with an institutional role, as a consulate of foreign countries, during the British Colonization in Limassol. After all, it did enjoy close proximity to public service buildings, such as the Courthouse (which today houses the library of the University of Technology).  

The building’s architecture is attributed to Zacharias Vondas, who had also designed other characteristic and imposing buildings of that time in Limassol. The architect’s unique imprint can be recognized by his distinctive window frames, the elaborate molding, and the entrance with the circular skylight, as well as the symmetrical, neo-baroque façade.

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For most of its existence, the building hosted the offices of the N.P. Lanitis Company, and is today the headquarters of Lanitis Holdings.

The interior of the building is even more impressive, featuring elegant floors, a carved wood staircase railing and a hand-painted ceiling on the first floor. The ground floor was altered in the 1960s, but following the company’s decision to retain the building as its permanent headquarters, the entire 3-storey building was restored to its original form, and today forms one of the city’s gems.

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