BURIAL CHURCHES OF CYPRIOT SOVEREIGNS FROM A TO Z

 

BARCELONA (SPAIN)

BURIED IN THE FRANCISCAN CONVENT (Barcelona, Convento franciscano):

 

Queen ELEANOR OF ARAGON (+1417), consort of King Peter I

 

The tomb has not been preserved. The convent was demolished after 1835.

 

 

FAMAGUSTA (CYPRUS)

BURIED IN THE CATHEDRAL OF ST NICHOLAS (Ammohostos, Agios Nikolaos; now Lala Mustafa Pasa mosque, Namik Kemal Meydani):

 

1. King JAMES II THE BASTARD (+1473)

2. King JAMES III (+1474)

 

All royal tombs in the Cathedral of Famagusta were despoiled and then destroyed by the Turks following the Ottoman conquest of Cyprus in 1571.

 

Photo courtesy of Mr Jerzy Paździora

 

 

NICOSIA (CYPRUS)

BURIED IN THE CATHEDRAL OF ST SOPHIA (Levkosia, Agia Sofia; now Selimiye mosque, Selimiye Sk.):

 

1. King AMALRIC I (+1205)

 

2. Queen ALICE OF MONTFERRAT (+1233), consort of King Henry I

 

3. Queen STEPHANIE OF LAMPRON (+1249), consort of King Henry I

 

4. King HUGH III (+1284)

 

All royal tombs in the Cathedral of Nicosia were despoiled and then destroyed by the Turks following the Ottoman conquest of Cyprus in 1571.

 

Photo courtesy of Mr Jerzy Paździora

 

 

NICOSIA (CYPRUS)

BURIED IN THE CHURCH OF ST DOMINIC (Levkosia):

 

01. King HUGH II (+1267)

02. King HUGH IV (+1359)

03. Queen ALICE OF IBELIN (+1386), consort of King Hugh IV

04. King PETER I (+1369)

05. King PETER II THE FAT (+1382)

06. King JAMES I (+1398)

07. Queen HELVIS OF BRUNSWICK-GRUBENHAGEN (+1422), consort of King James I

08. King JANUS (+1432)

09. Queen CHARLOTTE OF BOURBON-LA MARCHE (+1422), consort of King Janus

10. King JOHN II (+1458)

11. Queen MEDEA OF MONTFERRAT-PALAEOLOGUS (+1440), consort of King John II

12. Queen HELENA PALAEOLOGUS (+1458), consort of King John II

 

The church and the tombs were demolished by the Venetians in 1567.

 

 

NICOSIA (CYPRUS)

BURIED IN THE CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS (Levkosia):

 

1. King HENRY II (+1324)

 

2. Queen ISABELLA OF IBELIN (+1324), consort of King Hugh III

 

The church and the tombs were demolished by the Venetians in 1567.

 

 

NICOSIA (CYPRUS)

BURIED IN THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SAVIOUR OF THE CEMETERY/ST DEMETRIUS or TEMPLARS (Levkosia):

 

1. Lord GUY OF LUSIGNAN, King of Jerusalem (+1194)

 

2. Queen SYBILLA OF JERUSALEM (+1190), consort of Lord Guy of Lusignan

 

3. King HENRY I (+1253)

 

4. King JOHN I (+1285)

 

The church and the tombs were demolished by the Venetians in 1567.

 

 

NICOSIA (CYPRUS)

BURIED IN THE CHURCH OF ST JOHN (Levkosia):

 

King HUGH I (+1218)

 

The church and the tomb were demolished in the past.

 

 

RIPAILLE (FRANCE)

BURIED IN THE PRIORY OF RIPAILLE (Prieure de Ripaille près de Thonon-les-Bains):

 

King LOUIS OF SAVOY (+1482), consort of Queen Charlotte

 

The priory and the tomb were demolished in the past.

 

 

ROME (THE VATICAN)

BURIED IN ST PETER'S BASILICA

(Roma, Basilica San Pietro, Piazza San Pietro):

 

Queen CHARLOTTE (+1487)

 

 

VENICE (ITALY)

BURIED IN THE CHURCH OF SAN SALVATORE

(Venezia, Chiesa di San Salvatore, Campo San Salvatore):

 

Queen CATHERINE CORNARO (+1510)

 

Photo courtesy of Mr Alexander Kosmala

 

LIST OF CYPRIOT SOVEREIGNS 1192-1489

 

KINGDOM OF CYPRUS 1192-1489:

HOUSE OF LUSIGNAN

1192-1194: GUY OF LUSIGNAN (Gui de Lusignan; Lord of Cyprus, King of Jerusalem 1186-1192)

Born in c. 1150.

Father: Count Hugh VIII of Lusignan.

Married in 1180 in Jerusalem Princess (later Queen) SYBILLA of Jerusalem (*c.1160,+1190 Acre)

Died in 1194 in Nicosia.

Buried with his consort Queen Sybilla in the Church of the Templars in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1194-1205: AMALRIC I (Amaury I)

Born in 1145.

Father: Count Hugh VIII of Lusignan.

Married firstly in 1174 ESCHIVA of Ibelin (*c. 1160,+1196/7).

Married secondly in 1198 in Acre Princess ISABELLA of Jerusalem (+1205).

He was crowned in 1197 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

His issue who reigned:

-HUGH I (*c. 1194,+1218; son of Eschiva),

-Sibylla (*1198,+1252; Queen of Armenia; daughter of Isabella).

Died in 1205 in Acre (probably poisoned).

Buried in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia (no tomb).

 

 

1205-1218: HUGH I (Hugues I)

Born in c. 1194.

Father: King Amalric I of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Eschiva of Ibelin.

Married in 1210 ALICE of Champagne (*c. 1196,+1246).

His issue who reigned: HENRY I (*1217,+1253).

Died in 1218 at Tripoli (now Lebanon).

Buried firstly in the Church of St John (Hospitallers) at Tripoli/Lebanon, later reburied in the Church of St John (Hospitallers) in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1218-1253: HENRY I THE FAT (Henri I le Gros)

Born in 1217.

Father: King Hugh I of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Alice of Champagne.

Married firstly in 1229 at Limassol ALICE of Montferrat (*c. 1210/15,+c. 1232/33).

Married secondly in 1237/38 in Nicosia STEPHANIE of Lampron (*c. 1220/25,+1249).

Married thirdly in 1250 in Nicosia Princess PLAISANCE of Antioch (*c. 1235,+1261).

He was crowned in 1225 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

His issue who reigned: HUGH II (*c. 1253,+1267; son of Plaisance).

Died in 1253 in Nicosia.

Buried in the Church of the Holy Saviour of the Cemetery (Templars) in Nicosia (demolished).

His first and second consorts, queens Alice and Stephanie, were buried in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia (no tombs).

 

 

1253-1267: HUGH II (Hugues II)

Born in c. 1253.

Father: King Hugh I of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Alice of Champagne.

Married in 1264/65 in Nicosia ISABELLA of Ibelin (*c. 1252,+1282/83).

He was crowned in 1253 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

Died in 1267 in Nicosia.

Buried in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

HOUSE OF ANTIOCHE-LUSIGNAN

1267-1284: HUGH III THE GREAT (Hugues III le Grand)

Born in 1235.

Father: Henry of Antioch (de Poitiers). Mother: Princess Isabella of Cyprus.

Married after 1255 ISABELLA of Ibelin (*c. 1241,+1324).

He was crowned in 1267 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

His issue who reigned:

-JOHN I (*1259,+1285),

-HENRY II (*1271,+1324),

-AMALRIC II (*c. 1272,+1310),

-Mary (*1273,+1322; Queen of Aragon),

-Margaret (*c. 1276,+1296; Queen of Armenia),

-Helvis (+after 1324; Queen of Armenia),

-Isabella (+1319; Queen of Armenia).

Died in 1284 at Tyre (now Libanon).

Buried in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia (no tomb).

His Queen Isabella of Ibelin was buried in the Church of St Francis in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1284-1285: JOHN I (Jean I)

Born in 1259/67.

Father: King Hugh III of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Isabella of Ibelin.

Unmarried.

He was crowned in 1284 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

Died in 1285 in Nicosia (probably poisoned).

Buried in the Church of the Holy Saviour of the Cemetery in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1285-1324: HENRY II (Henri II)

Born in 1271.

Father: King Hugh III of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Isabella of Ibelin.

Married in 1317 in Nicosia Princess CONSTANCE of Sicily (*1303/07,+c. 1344).

He was crowned in 1285 in Acre (other sources claim the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia as the venue).

Deposed in 1306 and exiled in Armenia 1310.

Restored in 1310.

Died in 1324 at Strovolos near Nicosia.

Buried in the Church of St Francis in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1324-1358: HUGH IV (Hugues IV)

Born in c. 1295.

Father: Guy of Lusignan. Mother: Eschiva of Ibelin.

Married firstly in 1307/10 Maria of Ibelin (*1294,+1318).

Married secondly in 1318 ALICE of Ibelin (+1386).

He was crowned in 1324 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

His issue who reigned:

-PETER I (*1328,+1369; son of Alice),

-JAMES I (*1334,+1398; son of Alice).

Abdicated in 1358.

Died in 1359 in Nicosia.

Buried with his Queen Alice of Ibelin in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1358-1369: PETER I (Pierre I)

Born in 1328 in Nicosia.

Father: King Hugh IV of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Alice of Ibelin.

Married firstly in 1342 Eschiva de Montfort (+before 1350).

Married secondly in 1353 Princess ELEANOR of Aragon (*1333,+1416).

He was crowned in 1358 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

His issue who reigned: PETER II (*c. 1357,+1382; son of Eleanor).

Died in 1369 in Nicosia (murdered).

Buried in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

His Queen Eleanor of Aragon was buried in the Franciscan Convent in Barcelona (demolished).

 

 

1369-1382: PETER II THE FAT (Pierre II le Gros)

Born in c. 1357.

Father: King Peter I of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Eleanor of Aragon.

Married in 1378 in Nicosia VALENTINA Visconti of Milan (*c. 1360,+c. 1393).

He was crowned in 1372 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

Died in 1382 in Nicosia.

Buried in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1382-1398: JAMES I (Jacques I)

Born in 1334.

Father: King Hugh IV of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Alice of Ibelin.

Married in 1365 HELVIS of Brunswick-Grubenhagen (*1353,+1421).

He was crowned in 1385 in the Cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia.

His issue who reigned:

-JANUS (*1375,+1432),

-Maria (*1381,+1404; Queen of Naples).

Died in 1398 in Nicosia.

Buried with his Queen Helvis in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1398-1432: JANUS

Born in 1375 in Genoa.

Father: King James I of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Helvis of Brunswick-Grubenhagen.

Married firstly in 1400 LOUISA (Angelesia) Visconti (+1439 Reggio). Marriage annulled in 1408.

Married secondly in 1411 in Nicosia Countess CHARLOTTE of Bourbon-La Marche (*1388,+1422).

His issue who reigned:

-JOHN II (*1418,+1458; son of Charlotte),

-Anne (*1419,+1462; Duchess of Savoy; daughter of Charlotte).

Died in 1432 in Nicosia.

Buried with his Queen Charlotte of Bourbon-La Marche in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1432-1458: JOHN II (Jean II)

Born in 1418 in Nicosia.

Father: King Janus of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Charlotte of Bourbon-La Marche.

Married firstly in c. 1440 MEDEA of Montferrat-Paleologus (*1429,+1440 Nicosia).

Married secondly in 1442 in Nicosia HELENA Paleologus (*1428,+1458).

His issue who reigned: CHARLOTTE (*1442,+1464; daughter of Helena).

Died in 1458 in Nicosia.

Buried with his both queens in the Church of St Dominic in Nicosia (demolished).

 

 

1458-1464: CHARLOTTE

Born in 1442.

Father: King John II of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Helena Palaeologus.

Married firstly in 1456 Prince John of Portugal (*1433,+1457).

Married secondly in 1459 Prince LOUIS of Savoy (*c. 1437 Geneva,+1482 Ripaille).

She was deposed in 1464 and exiled in Rome.

Died in 1487 in Rome.

Buried in St Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Vatican.

Her consort King Louis of Savoy was buried in the Priory at Ripaille, France (demolished).

 

 

1464-1473: JAMES II THE BASTARD (Jacques II le Bâtard)

Born in c. 1439 in Nicosia.

Father: King John II of Cyprus. Mother: Marietta of Patras.

Married in 1472 at Famagusta (by proxy in 1468 at Venice) CATHERINE Cornaro (*1454 Venice,+1510 Venice).

His issue who reigned: JAMES III (*1473,+1474).

Died in 1473 in Famagusta.

Buried in the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Famagusta (no tomb).

 

 

1473-1474: JAMES III (Jacques III)

Born in 1473.

Father: King James II of Cyprus. Mother: Queen Catherine Cornaro.

Unmarried.

He was crowned in 1473.

Died in 1474 at Famagusta.

Buried in the Cathedral of St Nicholas at Famagusta (no tomb).

 

 

1474-1489: CATHERINE CORNARO (Catarina Cornaro)

Born in 1454 at Venice.

Father: Marco Cornaro. Mother: Fiorenza née Crispo.

Married in 1472 at Famagusta (by proxy in 1468 at Venice) King JAMES II of Cyprus (*1440,+1473).

Abdicated in 1489 at Famagusta and exiled in the Venetian Republic.

Her issue who reigned: JAMES III (*1473,+1474).

Died in 1510 at Venice.

Buried in the Church of San Salvatore in Venice.

 

 

1489: CYPRUS ANNEXED TO THE VENETIAN REPUBLIC

 

The tomb of Queen CHARLOTTE in St Peter's Basilica in Rome (The Vatican)

 

The tomb of Queen CATHERINE CORNARO in the Church of San Salvatore in Venice (Italy)

 

Photo courtesy of Mr Alexander Kosmala

 

FOREIGN ROYAL BURIALS IN CYPRUS:

PAFOS

Eric I, King of Denmark

 

FOREIGN CORONATIONS IN CYPRUS:

LIMASSOL

Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England, consort of Richard I Lionheart (1191)

 

CYPRIOT CORONATION CHURCHES

 

NICOSIA, CATHEDRAL OF ST SOPHIA (Levkosia, Agia Sofia; now Selimiye mosque, Selimiye Sk.).

 

Here were crowned:

1197: Amalric I

1225: Henry I

1253: Hugh II

1267: Hugh III

1284: John I

1285: Henry II (other sources claim Acre in the Holy Land as the venue)

1358: Peter I

1372: Peter II

1385: James I

 

 

FAMAGUSTA, CATHEDRAL OF ST NICHOLAS

(Ammohostos, Agios Nikolaos; now Lala Mustafa Pasa mosque, Namik Kemal Meydani).

The coronation church of kings of Cyprus as kings of Jerusalem.

Select Bibliography

Neubecker O., 10 000 Wappen und Embleme von Staaten und Städten, München 1989