Attractions in Northern Cyprus
Bellapais Abbey is one of the most beautiful monuments of Northern Cyprus, erected by the Crusaders in the early XIII century near Kyrenia. The monastery was famous for the fact that the monks who lived there led an ascetic lifestyle and strictly adhered to all the canons. They practically did not communicate with each other, lived in their own cells and were totally devoted to the faith.
Kyrenia Harbor is one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean and is a must-see. In its vicinity there are old buildings, fishing boats and the Kyrenia Castle, which has changed its appearance, owners and purpose more than once in its history, but has been perfectly preserved and can delight tourists with its grandeur, secrets and legends.
In Northern Cyprus, the Kyrenia mountain range (Beshparmak) is home to three medieval fortresses: Kantara, Buffavento and St. Hilarion. They were created simultaneously approximately in VII-VIII century to ensure the defense of the island from Arab raids. Communication between castles was maintained through smoke signals and lighted torches:
яis the easternmost castle on the island. Rising 630 meters above sea level, it provided a good opportunity to control movement on the Karpas Peninsula and Mesaoria Plain. Bufavente Castle is located at an altitude of 954 meters above sea level. It is the highest-lying, most difficult to access and least preserved of the trio of Cyrenaic castles. The Castle of St. Hilarion is located more than 700 meters above sea level and consists of three levels. The views of the sea and the island from here are simply magical.
St. Barnabas Monastery is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Northern Cyprus. Located in a picturesque secluded spot near Famagusta, the monastery has a rather modest appearance. Nowadays the monastery is not active, but there is an archaeological museum within its walls.
The ancient city of Salamis is located near Famagusta. For many centuries Salamis played a leading role in the political, economic and cultural life of ancient Cyprus. Currently, archaeologists have discovered more than 5 square kilometers. of the ancient city, but that’s only a small part of it.
Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque with minaret and sea view, created by the Turks in a medieval Catholic church during the Ottoman Empire. Formerly the former St. Nicholas Cathedral, the largest and most beautiful medieval building in Famagusta.
Othello’s Castle A fort in the northeastern coastal quarter of Famagusta. Today it is bordered on one side by a modern Turkish cargo port, and on the other by a beautiful flowering park and the ruins of St. George’s Church, and within walking distance is the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque.
Monastery of St. Andrew the Apostle is located in the most remote point of Northern Cyprus, almost on the edge of the Karpas peninsula. The ancient monastery is still active today and its history dates back to the 19th century. The monks live in the monastery, church services are held daily, and twice a year there are feast days, which are attended by pilgrims from all over the world. Believers come to the Karpas Peninsula with the hope that the Apostle will help them in solving difficult problems and cure them of their ailments.