Historical in Girne

The Shipwreck Museum

The Shipwreck Museum

+90 392 227 2916

Kyrenia Castle, Küpdemir Sokak, Girne

The ship exhibited in the Shipwreck Museum which is situated in the one of the old guard rooms of Kyrenia Castle is the second oldest recovered sunken ship in the Mediterranean. The ship, which dates from The Hellenistic Period, was discovered by a sponge diver in 1965 and brought to the surface in a salvage expedition directed by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from 1967-69. It has been established that the ship was approximately eight years old when it sank. The 14 meters long wooden hull is built mostly of Aleppo pine. The 413 amphorae on board originate from the islands of Rhodes, Kos and Samos. The 29 millstones which were used as ballast have identification marks which suggest they came from Kos. From the rediscovered artefacts it can be established that the ship traded along the coast of the Aegean and the Mediterranean and was manned by a crew of four. The 2300 year old ship is a major tourist attraction for Kyrenia.

bellapais abbey

Bellapais Abbey

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Bellapais Abbey, Beylerbeyi, Girne

The present day name is the corrupt form of the Abbaye de la Paix or the Abbey of Peace. The building is regarded as a masterpiece of Gothic art and the most beautiful Gothic building in the near east.

The first monks who were known to have settled here were Augustinians who had to flee from Jerusalem when the city fell to Selahaddin Eyyubi in 1187. It is known that the original construction was built between 1198-1205, and a large part of the present day complex was constructed during the rule of French King Hugh III (1267-1284). The cloisters and the refectory were built during the reign of Hugh IV (1324-1359). 

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Kyrenia Old Harbour

Kyrenia Old Harbour

Kyrenia Harbour, Küpdemir Sokak, Girne

Located in the beautiful and richly historic town of Kyrenia in northern Cyprus, Kyrenia Harbour is a small but charming place, where you will find everything from calm ambiance and soothing atmosphere to beautiful views and stunning surroundings.

The harbour is filled with yachts and boats, and the landscape is somewhat dominated by the fascinating Kyrenia Castle. When you visit Kyrenia Harbour you will find the beautiful sea stretching out ahead of you, and the breathtaking mountains providing a stunning backdrop to the harbour.

 

Kyrenia Castle

Kyrenia Castle

Kyrenia Castle, Küpdemir Sokak, Girne

09.00 - 16.00

Kyrenia Castle (Greek: Κάστρο της Κερύνειας Turkish: Girne Kalesi), at the east end of the old harbour in Kyrenia is a 16th-century castle built by the Venetians over a previous Crusader fortification. Within its walls lies a twelfth-century chapel showing reused late Roman capitals, and theShipwreck Museum.

Kyrenia has been created and been around since the 10th century BC. Excavations have revealed Greek traces that date back to the 7th century BC, but the site was developed into a city under Roman rule.

Research carried out at the site suggests that the Byzantines built the original castle in the 7th Century to guard the city against the new Arab maritime threat. The first historical reference to the castle occurs in 1191, when King Richard the Lionheart of England captured it on his way to the Third Crusade.