Kyrenia Tourist Attractions & things to do, Cyprus
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St. Hilarion Castle - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

A monk named Hilarion came to Cyprus on his way back from the Crusades. With the support of his successors he built a farm on the slopes of the Five Finger Mountains. In the Byzantine Period a church and a monatery were added to this settlement. Although the so formed castle was sharing a duty with Buffavento and Kanrata castles, it was also a recreation spot in the hot season. Saint Hilarion Castle is a great spot to get great views of Kyrenia coasts and the entire region. The Castle's elevation is 850 meters. Visiting St. Hilarion Castle is one of the best things to do in Kyrenia.

Bellapais Monastery - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

The name of the monastery is drived from French "Abbaye de la Paix" (Monastery of Peace). The construction on a natural terrace on the slopes of Five Finger Mountain Range was started in 1198 by the monks of Augustian and Premontre Orders who flee from Jarusalem. The construction was completed by the instructions of King Hugh IV, in 1359. The monastery was handed to Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church after the conquest of the Island by the Ottomans. The Church at the egde of the courtyard is from the 13th Century but it is very well preserved. The two Roman sarcophagi in the courtyard was used for water storage. At the entrance of the refectory, where an international music festival is performed annually, there are coats of arms of the Kingdoms of Cyprus, Jarusalem and Lusignans.

Buffavento Castle - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

The castle was originally constructed as a watchtower by the Byzantines and then converted into a castle by the Lusignans, it is 950 meters form the sea level. The meaning of its name is "challenging the winds". It controlls a passage through the Five Finger Mountain range and its crucial location was used to allow fire signals to be observed from other castles at night.

Mausoleum and Tekke of Hazreti Omer - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

One of the most important visiting places of religious value, the Tekke of Hazreti Omer is 4 kilometers from Kyrenia and situated on the coastline of Catalkoy. The complex was built during the Ottoman Period for Commander Omer and his six soldiers who died during the Arab raids in the 7th Century.

Archangelos Michail Icon Museum - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

This church was built in 1860 in the historical Harbour Region and was open to the public as an Icon Museum in 2004. In addition to the authentic icons in the church, some items under the protection of the Department of Museum and Antiquities are also on display here. The oldest icon in the museum is dated back to 1714.

Old Cemetery of Kyrenia - North Cyprus

During the British Colonial Administration, St. Andrew Church, District Club and a tennis court were built at the edges of the Ottoman Period cemetery. Nowadays, greater part of the graveyard had been converted into a parking place but some graves, tombs and fountains are protected.

Chrysokava Open Air Museum - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

It is located between old historical harbour and the new tourism harbour. This rocky cave was a cemetery during the Roman times and a stone quarry during Lusignan and Venetian periods. The classical Roman Ayia Mavra Church carved into rock is the main attraction of the place; its walls are covered with frescoes from Byzantine times and behind the church there are cisterns for collecting the rain water.

Vrysi - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

This ancient settlement on a small rocky hill, on the coast witnin bounds of today's Acapulco Resort Hotel and it dates back to the Neolithic Age (4000 - 3000 BC). The excavations had shown that beehive type houses were of round shape and that they had stoves in them. The artifacts found at the site are on display in Kyrenia Castle Museum.

Fine Art Museum - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

The 1933 dated structure, which is located in teh city's western side on the Pasabahce Street, was opened to the public as a Fine Art Museum in 1975. In general oil paintings, panels and objects reflective of Asian art, and various porcelain items are on display, distant from a detailed classification.

Antiphonitis Church - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Antiphonitis (Christ of the Echo) stands 8 kilometers south of Esentepe, it is from 12th Century. The dome is supported by eight columns, four of them built into the last walls and four detached. It is the last surviving example of this style in Cyprus. The western porch and arcade were added in the 15th Century and are fine examples of gothic architecture. It is thought that many of the frescoes have been destroyed but some admirable ones still exist. The one in the dome which depicts Chris surrounded by angels is an outstanding example of the period's art.

Sourp Magar (Santa Maria) Monastery - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

It was first constructed as a Coptic Convent in 11th Century and was dedicated to St. Makarius of Alexandria. In the 15th Century, the monastery was given to Armenians and became a stopover point for Armenian pilgrims on their way to and from Jarusalem. The present buildings are from 19th Century.

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