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Kyrenia Castle - Girne Castle, Kyrenia: 12 reviews and 44 photos

  Castle guarding the harbour
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  • Castle guarding the harbour - Kyrenia
      Castle guarding the harbour
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  • Huge external walls (moat now dry) - Kyrenia
      Huge external walls (moat now dry)
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  • Looking east - Kyrenia
      Looking east
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  • Re-used columns - Kyrenia
      Re-used columns
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  • Wooden supports in the chapel - Kyrenia
      Wooden supports in the chapel
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Originally an 8th century Byzantine fort, this formidably-walled castle guards Kyrenia's pretty harbour.

The first castle is enclosed within the later walls (these were constructed, in large part, by simply filling ithe gaps between the two structures with rubble). A small Byzantine chapel (the chapel of St George) still remains, dimly-lit, its four columns given extra support by four huge and ancient wooden beams (see photo).

You can walk the walls, which give excellent views of the harbour and old town, the hills and the coast in both drections.

There's a really interesting little display of watercolours by one William Dreghorn showing Kyrenia and its castle at various stages in its development.

The west wall is the original Byzantine one. Look closely and you will see re-used stones within.....including Roman columns (see photo). The rooms are inaccessible to the public, but there is apparently a rather gruesome display in the dungeon (closed when I visited).

There is a cafe and toilets in the main courtyard.

Worth a wander round, if only for the Byzantine chapel and the views.....but there's also a small but rather good archeological museum (see next tip).

Address: Kyrenia Harbour
Directions: Unmissable.

Open daily.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 31, 2009
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