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. Using our international travel planner, Kyrenia attractions like Bellapais Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful once the monastery on a steep hillside still excites the hearts of arriving tourists. It is impossible to stay indifferent after seeing the dilapidated FishNet arches, amazing vaulting facilities, a cosy courtyard and beautiful panorama, opening with the height of the temple. The surviving Church preserved an ancient iconostasis, carved pulpit and choirs-balcony above the entrance. A well preserved refectory is used as a concert hall. Above the entrance it flaunts Royal coat of arms of the Lusignans. Amazing and rich sarcophagus before entering the refectory, monks used as a washbasin and darkest cellars underneath the refectory. Sad to look at the shattered walls, representing the former splendor, and, of course, wanted to save what little remaining, for posterity.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful location, they have many events during the summer, various concerts, not something I would normally do on holiday but in this setting seemed perfect.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Nice little walk round but would like to have seen more information on the Monastery. Great views and situated in a quaint little village. Worth a visit if in the area.  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    An organization that serves the Middle quality. Room clean but modern. Helpfulness of staff quality is low.
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  • May 30, 2017
    Riverside garden is the same riverside holiday with otelmi? Different prices for the same comments pictures
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