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Kantara Castle, Trikomo

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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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  • It is interesting to visit the castle in the mountains! If the weather is clear-open sea views and surroundings. There is very windy! Very much!!! We were in December-I put all the all! and CAP and hood. So if you too are travelling in the cooler months-take the scarves and hats! But the place is awesome! Though the Castle, is the northernmost Castle. It's worth it, what would it get there. The road to it normal-boldly go there by car!
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  • We had been visiting the Northern side of the island and spotted some signs for this castle so decided to check it out. We ended up driving the long way up on some rather windy, step, narrow roads.......  more »
  • The Castle of Kantara is the other highlight in the area. We earlier made a short break for coffee at Pogazi before we take the road up to the Castle which has several curves. The way up is not that h...  more »
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  • I've been to Kantara at least a dozen times, and I'm still not tired of it yet. It's the most remote, yet easiest to climb of Cyprus' North-Range castles. Known as "The Castle of the 100 Rooms", Kantara is quite an expansive ruin, with gorgeous views and photo opportunities galore. It's also a lot more accessible now than it was when I first visited back in 2007, since the construction of a new north coast road has made getting there so much easier. Pro-Tip: If you're after a spectacular sunset, climb up to the 'Royal Apartments' at the castle's highest point. From here it's possible to look westwards almost to Morphou Bay, and to get some truly outstanding sunset shots. Don't forget to bring a flashlight, so you can find your way back to the parking lot.
  • Had fun driving there... Beautiful castle with a magnificent view...
  • The best part for me is driving right up to the castle unlike the other castles which require trekking up a path. You are handed a map as well but it is small enough to not require it. There was an entrance fee but it's well worth the views you get.
  • Brill old castle without the shattering climb up.
  • An awesome place..