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One of many little islands of Christianity spread all over the Northern Cyprus. the building reminded me Byzantine basilica, and as I learned, same part of it date as far as the 5th century, but the current building was build in the mid-18 century.
the monastery has a collection of icons dating if I remember correctly no later than early 19 century. there is a nice little courtyard inside, which hosts the archeolological museum with various artifacts, including Greek vases and utensils.
all very nicely preserved and taken care of.
entrance ticket: 3 YTL (around $2)
Directions: opposite side of the Salamis-Famagusta road, by the Royal Tombs
the 21st century Othello ;)
yes, this is the place :) here Othello has been sent from Venice to fight Turkish fleet .. well, the rest of this drama is known (or can be learnd from Shakespeare ;).
the medieval fortress dates back to early 16 century and is in decent shape. not long ago, it has been utilized for theatre performances. I haven't happened to see one, just was told that they are
entrance ticket: 2 YTL ($1.5)
Directions: located in the old city, next to the harbor
no man's land
no political statements :) I just hope that one day people will come back to this formerly beautiful resort, bringing back warmth and hospitality that Cypriots are known for. other people will respond by laughter, smiles and hand shakes.
this place (10 km of sandy beaches) deserves to be seen, enjoyed and admired by tourists around the world. And quality and color of sand (golden-black) is just amazing.
Directions: center of the city, head to the Palm Beach Resort and then walk to the right
The monastery, situated on the north-east most point of the island known as the Cape of Saint Andrea (Cape Zafer, turkish), is dedicated to Saint Andrew (Apostle Andreas). A fortified monastery stood here in the 12th century, from which Isaac Comnenus negotiated his surrender to Richard the Lionheart, though the chapel built in the 15th century is the oldest surviving building.
Below, the modern church steps lead down to a square, vaulted chapel, three baptismal basins fed by a sacred spring and an old wharf. It was on this site that it was said St. Andrew briefly landed in Cyprus on his final missionary journey back to his Palestinian homeland. His footfall revealed a spring whose waters miraculously healed the blind captain of his ship.
Both Turks and Greeks consider the monastery a holy place. The monastery is one of the pilgrimage centers of the Cypriot Orthodox Church. It was once known as 'the Lourdes of Cyprus', served not by an organized community of monks but by a changing group of volunteer priests and laymen.
An enormous modern plaza of pilgrims' lodgings build recently as a part of UNDP cultural reconciliation efforts frames the slightly older monastery buildings wrapped around the central church.
Directions: Karpas peninsula, the easternmost part of the island
magnificent gothic cathedral, commenced in 1300 and finished in 1400 (took them quite a time to finish it ;) if you close you eyes and forget that you are in Cyprus, you might think that you are standing somewhere in France (it reminded me of the great cathedral of Rheims). in 16 century the church has been converted into a Mosque. there is a three-hounded- years-old mulberry tree in front of the church, which you can make a wish under :)
Directions: Cale (the Old Castle), very center of the city.
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