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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  • We travelled here by coach from Kyrenia, then just a short walk from the carpark. The buildings are historically very interesting, with good views looking over towards the coast.  more »
  • It is not fair that they close the church's doors at 4 when they say that it's open until 5. But it is certainly worthwhile to visit the remains of this abbey  more »
  • Great monastery, too bad for us it was raining and we did the tour under a downpour. The place is peaceful, surrounded by greenery.
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  • Very busy but atmospheric monastery set in a pretty village near Kyrenia.
  • Nice place with amazing atmosphere. Beautiful sightseeings to Girne.
  • A 13th century monastery, high in the mountains. Worth a visit.
  • Good place to visit. lot of local restaurants and hotels close to the place. very good view and location.
  • A great historic place that anybody visiting North Cyprus is recommended to visit.

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Northern Cyprus' most popular tourist destination offers an assortment of accommodations. It's a good idea to remain close to the beach, as this is where most of the Kyrenia's bars, restaurants, and shops are located. Transportation is somewhat lacking and unreliable; however, a bus connects the city center with beaches in the west. For a luxury stay, choose from numerous four- and five-star hotels, several of which boast seaside locations. If you're planning a longer stay, consider renting an apartment or villa.
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