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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. A visit to Saint Hilarion Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kyrenia tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The ruins of the Castle are spread over a steep mountain. They are all interesting for their historical and architectural value for the wonderful views to the North coast that they allow.
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  • A fantastic place to visit Really could not understand how they managed to build the castle Great views along the coast in all directions Not a place for those who are need of support to walk 
  • It is good to visit the Castle. There is a beautiful view over the island. The specially equipped rooms give you a picture of how it was. It is a whole workout to get to the top to go enough drinking water is a must.
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  • Very beautiful castle where you will get the best scenic pics of the surrounding area. Will take around an hour and a half to do everything and make sure you're wearing proper shoes for those tricky paths near the top!
  • Great view of Girne (Kyrenia) at the summit so I can say it was worth the climb. You need to be reasonably fit for this one and as everyone one says wear trainers to avoid slips and trips. I could see my hotel, The Kemerli Konak 700 metres below. OK for kids.
  • Wow. Just go. (Wear trainers if you can, have water and be prepared to climb... It's soo worth it)
  • Fantastic views, good experience but unless your super fit take your time going up the steps.
  • Nice place Historical We visited in Augest So place was bit hot But the room/ building were bit cold