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Kyrenia Castle, Kyrenia

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Built by the Venetians on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Kyrenia Castle features dungeons with medieval torture displays and a shipwreck museum. Dating back to the 3rd-century Hellenistic and Roman periods, the site has seen much action. Serving the Byzantines in the 8th century, the Lusignans in the 13th, and the Venetians during the 15th to 16th century, the castle finally became inactive in the 1960s after hosting British and Greek police, prisoners, and soldiers for almost a century. View reconstructed underground cells where prisoners were held and tortured--nobleman and servant alike. Walk through exhibits of archeological findings, spanning from 4410 BCE to 632 CE, and see a Greek merchant shipwreck from the 4th century BCE. Plan your Kyrenia Castle visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyrenia using our Kyrenia trip generator.
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  • Very interesting attraction , great history and well thought guide book. Very reasonably priced. Great views across Kyrenia Harbour  more »
  • Unfortunately, it's pretty irrelevant date makan. First of all, the Republic of Turkey and TURKISH REPUBLIC of NORTHERN CYPRUS, which is hanging at the Castle flags are faded and tearing face. When I said that this situation Authority directs me to this situation in writing and writing. Great view.
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  • For under £3 you can easily spend two hours exploring the castle which incorporates the shipwreck museum as well as an old church.Fantastic views of the harbour from up top as well as the surrounding ...  more »
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  • Very informative and a nice bit of history. Good walks in the old city and many many restaurants in the harbour. Food is absolutely delicious in the little restaurant we went to. Well priced and plenty of food.
  • A great place to visit and explore with nice views. A shipwreck museum and historical info. Really recommend.
  • Nice place with preserved old-town surroundings. Good for walks and taking photos. Huge amount of restaurants. The waiters inviting you inside can become pretty annoying
  • Lovely place to visit, very interesting too. XXX XXX X
  • Must take a tour, the fee is only 4euro per adult. Historical place, one of the best in Cyprus

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Where to stay in Kyrenia

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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