Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

4.7
#2 of 12 in Historic Sites in Kyrenia
Ruin Castle Must See
Nestled high in the rocky mountain tops overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of Saint Hilarion Castle feature crumbling walls, Byzantine ornaments, and 100 km (60 mi) views. Although the exact construction date is unknown, the castle and a former monastery are estimated to be about 1,000 years old. Serving as a royal home with economic units, stables, and military quarters, the site survived until the Venetian arrival in the 15th century, when it was dismantled. You'll discover dark, mysterious tunnels and preserved church elements here. Don't miss the arch overlooking the sea, which makes a great photo spot. Plan a Kyrenia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • This has to be the most peculiar and spectacular castle in the world! We spent 5 hours exploring every corner and taking this amazing place all in. It is like to be in a Tolkien's book or like playing...  more »
  • We visited St. Hilarion in early October 2018 it is an absolute must to see if you are able to. There are a lot of stairs to reach the top so it's a good idea to bring water and don't rush. There is a...  more »
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  • What a fantastic visit. Lots of levels, lots of history. You will need a home made lemonade from the cafe on the way back down. They will also post a card for you with a local stamp. All the staff are very friendly. Great trip. Recommend to all.
  • A very old and well maintained castle. View from top is breath taking. Good exercise going to top. Should visit royal rooms and imagine the way of living then.
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