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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  • The former Augustinian monastery is located a little higher on the mountain slope and offers a magnificent view to the sea. Part of the buildings is still well preserved, part is ruin. From the walk-in compartment staircases are a bit of a difficult one-the view to the sea, but also to the mountains is beautiful. Use parking in the lower part of the village.
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  • Beautiful site to discover on the heights of Kyrenia Northern Cyprus, enjoy to discover the small village located just next
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  • Nice ancient monastery... ruins... very touristic... avoid the bus loads of visitors...
  • The view is fantastic friendly staff great meal good service😀😀
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