Bellapais Monastery, Kyrenia

4.4
#2 of 12 in Historic Sites in Kyrenia
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 visited as part of a tour of Northern Cyprus and loved the village and the monastery. The views are beautiful and the monastery and its surroundings are tranquil and interesting - definitely worth....  more »
  • We were lucky to visit on a sunny day in February. We didn't realise that there was parking on site so we parked in the village and walked. I'm so glad we did. It's such a pretty village. The...  more »
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  • Breakfast was pretty good. We stayed just for a night but next time it’ll be longer.
  • Hotel ok but service not always great as we were only a couple. They seem to be more attentive to groups. And as long as you don’t bother them too much they are smiling. If you ask something when they are busy with group they don’t seem to want to know you anymore. They supposed to offer room service during the day. Had lunch food ok but when I asked for dessert they told me 4 minutes. After 30 minutes I rang back to be told they didn’t have what I wanted and offered me options I didn’t like. I was told that they were too busy anyway as a group was in the restaurant so I complained about the fact that I wasn’t told that they had ran out of what I wanted when I ordered it. They should have said sorry we don’t have any. Instead they made me wait for half hour for nothing and made me feel bad because I quote “I was brought up a nice lunch earlier and should not ask for anymore while we are busy serving a group “ Very rude. They need to get customer service training. The customer should never feel like they disturb them. It was very badly handled. Food is Ok but not that great anyway. I think will be eating out for the next couple of days.
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