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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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  • Amazing place, with wonderful view,worth visiting while in Kyrenia.Not as beautiful as in the pictures but still is clean and some beautiful plants.... 
    Amazing place, with wonderful view,worth visiting while in Kyrenia.Not as beautiful as in the pictures but still is clean and some beautiful plants....  more »
  • I’ve been coming to North Cyprus for 10 years and what a beautiful place it is! This little village is stunning the people are so kind and friendly I also like the fact it doesn’t get overcrowded... 
    I’ve been coming to North Cyprus for 10 years and what a beautiful place it is! This little village is stunning the people are so kind and friendly I also like the fact it doesn’t get overcrowded...  more »
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  • Fantastic place! Extremely Charming! Everything is so beautiful, people are friendly, the energy is amazing. Visited after hiking, incredible feelings
  • Surrounded by a very small but pretty mountain town with shops and restaurants. The abbey is lovely , lots of interesting stairways and hidden rooms. The abbey also has a restaurant and a bar within the grounds.

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