Girne is the ''Tourism capital' of Northern Cyprus and
probably one of the loveliest Locations anywhere in the
Mediterranean. With its horseshoe shaped harbour dominated
by Girne Castle and antique warehouses. Which have
become cafes, restaurants, and bars.
The backdrop to the
town is the five Finger Mountain range peaked.
Just behind the town, by Richard ten Lion heart's St.Hilarion
Castle. The harbour is in the main Focal point of the town.
Join the locales in early evenings stroll past the multi-coloured
fishing boats and yachts. Then settle down in one of the cafes
and watch the world go by. Girne boasts a wide variety of
Hotels and Guesthouses. It also offers and Array of Restaurants
both local and international. Local restaurants generally offer
Meze, which is a collection small appetizers.
The castle which lies to the north - east of Kyrenia dominates
the harbour and is built on the tedragonal form. It is first referred
to by ancient sources in the year 1191 A.D. When the English
King Richard The Lion Heart defeated lsac Comnenus on his
way to the Crusades and conquered Cyprus. Excavations
carried out in and around the castle take us as far as the
Hellenistic and Roman Period (111 - 11 B.C.) But so far it has
not been possible to establish the exact day of construction
of the castle. As a result of the examinations carried out at the site, it is established that, the original castle was built in the VII.
A.D. by the Byzantines for the purpose of defending Kyrenia
against Arab raids.
The castle which had additions made to it
during the reign of the Lusignans was given its present form
by the Venetians and has been well preserved to date. The construction of the Kyrenia Castle which according to
ancient historians and travellers was very important for the
defence of the island, can be examined in three stages based
on historical sources and existing remains.
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