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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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  • This is north Cyprus at its best there is a car park here the monastery is within walking distance it was two pound (20 Turkish lira ) to enter great experience a must do 
    This is north Cyprus at its best there is a car park here the monastery is within walking distance it was two pound (20 Turkish lira ) to enter great experience a must do  more »
  • Beautiful monastery and surrounding village. HD an interesting history, worth the visit as it is serene, highly recommended 
    Beautiful monastery and surrounding village. HD an interesting history, worth the visit as it is serene, highly recommended  more »
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  • Lovely morning spent here, parking and entrance fee practically for nothing. Stunning views, take your trainers and enjoy at drink in one of the bars with a view
  • What a fantastic view. Well worth the 15 liras (for adults). It is a small place, but there is plenty to explore, count on spending an hour or so there.

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