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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. Using our international travel planner, Kyrenia attractions like Bellapais Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Northern Cyprus' most popular tourist destination offers an assortment of accommodations. It's a good idea to remain close to the beach, as this is where most of the Kyrenia's bars, restaurants, and shops are located. Transportation is somewhat lacking and unreliable; however, a bus connects the city center with beaches in the west. For a luxury stay, choose from numerous four- and five-star hotels, several of which boast seaside locations. If you're planning a longer stay, consider renting an apartment or villa.
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  • A pleasant drive up to Bellapais through interesting scenery. May is great time to visit Cyprus not too hot and not too cold. The monastery is partly intact and plenty of information available about t...  more »
  • We had been to Bellapais before, but the monastery ruins and village were as just as interesting as before. Not quite the type of educational historical site that we would find in the UK, but all the ...  more »
  • Visited today before the rush. The ruins are on the coach party itinerary so it can get busy. If you arrive before 10 the walk around is very pleasant but little in the village is open. I have to be h...  more »
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