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Bellapais Monastery, Kyrenia

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Must see · Historic Site · Ruin
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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  • I took a taxi from Kyrenia/Girne as no public transport goes to the monastery. The taxi driver wanted a ludicrously-cheap 40 TL for a 6km drive uphill, so I gave him 50TL. I later walked back as...  more »
  • Up n the mountains there is a small village with a big castle and scenery which could take your breath away..  more »
  • Really nice. Was pleasantly surprised to finding a parking lot when we arrived.
  • #1 place to see in Bellapais Kyrenia area. I enjoyed the surrounding mountain sceneries and the lovely narrow lanes 6 years ago. We took a taxi from Kyrenia Girne town to Bellapais village, especially to see the Bitter Lemons house on Aci Limon Sokak. World famous writer Lawrence Durrell lived there in the 1950s. His tree of idleness is also famous. A hilly place, good place to get fit, too!

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