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Bellapais Monastery, Kyrenia

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Must see · Ruin · Historic Site
Ruins of the Gothic Bellapais Monastery adorn the hillside of Kyrenia Mountain, with its French ornamentation, Genoese and Venetian influences, and lush colorful gardens. Dating back to the 13th century, the building served as a monastery and living quarters of Kings Hugh the 3rd and Hugh the 4th. The site was neglected and mistreated for centuries until the 1900s, when a small portion of the monastery and its surroundings were restored. Today you can see evidence of centuries of destruction, preservation, and restoration, nestled in maintained gardens of palm trees, carob trees, and flowers. Due to its extraordinary acoustics, concerts are often held at the abbey. To visit Bellapais Monastery on your trip to Kyrenia, use our Kyrenia tour itinerary planning site.
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  • Great day visiting Belapais monastery. Amazing views from here and great experience. The village is lovely with souvenir shops and cafes. We thoroughly enjoyed our day here.  more »
  • A remarkably preserved monastery given its history. We visited in the winter and it was very quiet, which meant our guide could give us the full history. If you are not guided, in order to fully...  more »
  • Really nice. Was pleasantly surprised to finding a parking lot when we arrived.
  • #1 place to see in Bellapais Kyrenia area. I enjoyed the surrounding mountain sceneries and the lovely narrow lanes 6 years ago. We took a taxi from Kyrenia Girne town to Bellapais village, especially to see the Bitter Lemons house on Aci Limon Sokak. World famous writer Lawrence Durrell lived there in the 1950s. His tree of idleness is also famous. A hilly place, good place to get fit, too!

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