Bellapais Monastery, Kyrenia

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Ruins of the Gothic Bellapais Monastery adorn the hillside of Kyrenia Mountain, with its French ornamentation, Genoese and Venetian influences, and lush colorful gardens. Dating back to the 13th century, the building served as a monastery and living quarters of Kings Hugh the 3rd and Hugh the 4th. The site was neglected and mistreated for centuries until the 1900s, when a small portion of the monastery and its surroundings were restored. Today you can see evidence of centuries of destruction, preservation, and restoration, nestled in maintained gardens of palm trees, carob trees, and flowers. Due to its extraordinary acoustics, concerts are often held at the abbey. To visit Bellapais Monastery on your trip to Kyrenia, use our Kyrenia tour itinerary planning site .
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  • Not too much to see. The church is in very poor condition, dirty and gloomy. The rest are som ruins of a monastery, the only highlight are the views.  more »
  • Reasonably well preserved very nice Gothic cloister. Moral decline (priest with several women, children, or they loved only the earthly existence?). Leo III opposed pictorial representations (he came from Syria and was influenced by Islam). The "Bitter lemon" by Hern follows Durell novel is worth reading.
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  • French, meaning peace Monastery Bella Pais monastery, Cyprus during the Lusignian period one of the most important among the remaining Gothic structures. Location is so beautiful all Cyprus beneath your feet. On the way over here, take a leisurely walk through the wonderful Seljuk houses you're making. Definitely worth a
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  • Beautiful place to visit. Lots of history and fantastic views
  • Quiet good structure with a panoramic view plus its better at night also
  • Outstanding views, lives up to it's name.
  • Quiet place! Very nice village!
  • A truly unique historic site; a must see in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
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