Kantara Castle, Trikomo

Kantara Castle is the easternmost of the three castles situated on the Kyrenia Mountain range in the island of Cyprus. (The other two are Buffavento and St Hilarion) Lying at 630 metres above sea level, Kantara is well positioned to control the entrances to Karpass Peninsula and Mesaoria plain. The name 'Kantara' is derived from the Arabic word qantara, which means "bridge".It is believed that the Byzantines built the castle in the 10th century as a lookout post against raiding Arabs. The first historical mention of the castle is in connection with Richard the Lionheart's capture of Cyprus in 1191. At that time, Isaac Comnenus, the Byzantine ruler of the island, took refuge at Kantara Castle. Later, in 1228 the Royalists so badly battered the walls that they had to be almost entirely rebuilt. Later, the nobility used the castle as a lodge when they hunted mountain goats with tame leopards.There is also a myth widely believed, that workers who were building the castle, when time came to get paid for their hard work, were thrown by the queen at the time from the window of her room. It is widely believed that this was done because the queen did not have enough money to pay the workers. Eventually, she committed suicide by jumping from the same window.St. Hilarion supposedly visited the castle of Kantara in order to free the castle from the queen's evil spirit, that according to the villagers haunted the place. According to the myth, eventually St. Hilarion explained people that there are no evil spirits in castles but evil thoughts in people's hearts.
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  • The castle of Kantara is a ruined medieval castle in the northeast of the island. You can walk through the castle ruins and the various walls in several ways. Overall the visit to the castle of Kantara liked us very well. Especially the grandiose views of the northern coast of Cyprus and the Karpass peninsula were really great. Alone the ride to the castle is an adventure. If you think it's definitely lost, continues is still a bit about umpteen serpentines and suddenly you see it. Highly recommended!
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  • We drove from Tatlisu to Kantara which is about 30mins and we arrived about 9am put on our sun cream and paid approx 7tl each and off we go to explored the castle and we genuinely enjoyed it. The view...  more »
  • What a great place ! Very friendly ticket man and lovely views. A sandwich and ice-cream after the climb up to the top of the castle at the Kantara bar & restaurant was nice. This bar would have been ...  more »
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  • Fantastic castle set up in the mountain range of Northern Cyprus. Costs under 10TL to enter. Well worth the trip. Parking outside. Great views.
  • Lovely place to visit for the views. There is no information displayed about the castle and nowhere to get food or drink.
  • Great views for 7 lira can't go wrong
  • Great place. Worth of visting. Excellent view. I really enjoyed it.
  • Beautiful panorama!

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