Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

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Nestled high in the rocky mountain tops overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of Saint Hilarion Castle feature crumbling walls, Byzantine ornaments, and 100 km (60 mi) views. Although the exact construction date is unknown, the castle and a former monastery are estimated to be about 1,000 years old. Serving as a royal home with economic units, stables, and military quarters, the site survived until the Venetian arrival in the 15th century, when it was dismantled. You'll discover dark, mysterious tunnels and preserved church elements here. Don't miss the arch overlooking the sea, which makes a great photo spot. Plan a Kyrenia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • During our trip to Cyprus we took time to visit Saint Hilarion Castle on the Northern coast of the island overlooking Kyrenia. The castle is quite extensive. being spread over several layers encompass...  more »
  • An old Crusader castle with many großeartigen views, however 100 levels up to the Middle Castle, the Obernburg is very exhausting.
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  • The best preserved Castle of the three medieval castles of Cyprus. Great location 732 m above sea level. Dressing Laren days splendid views over the town of Kyrenia / Girne. Mostly reasonably well-preserved. Arduous ascent footwear is strongly recommended! The tripadvisor question "is that a lock?" No, it's a former Castle.
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  • Awesome views, well worth it for those alone. Great place, lots of steps, good for some cardio! You'll be wondering how they managed to build this up here. Cheap entry but unfortunately not much information or history given, a google job yourself for that.
  • Amazing place and awesome views. I do not know much about the history of this place but it gives you pretty good view of the city below. The road is a bit challenging but nothing you can not handle with care.
  • Very interesting place, it has a lot of steps that are slippery and small bit it's worth the effort. The view is amazinggggg. However you need to do the history research on tour own
  • Excellent castle. It totally blew my mind - how did they even build this thing? It’s very cheap to enter and look around. There’s lots to see and a big climb to the top. There is almost no information whilst you’re there so definitely google it if you want to know more history.
  • The Saint Hilarion Castle lies on the Kyrenia mountain range, in Cyprus. Very big & interesting. Lots of walking & exploring. Beautiful views.
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