Saint Hilarion Castle, Kyrenia

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Nestled high in the rocky mountain tops overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of Saint Hilarion Castle feature crumbling walls, Byzantine ornaments, and 100 km (60 mi) views. Although the exact construction date is unknown, the castle and a former monastery are estimated to be about 1,000 years old. Serving as a royal home with economic units, stables, and military quarters, the site survived until the Venetian arrival in the 15th century, when it was dismantled. You'll discover dark, mysterious tunnels and preserved church elements here. Don't miss the arch overlooking the sea, which makes a great photo spot. Plan a Kyrenia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Amazing castle, amazing views, definitely worth walking around all the areas and check out the scenery. You'll need about an hour to look around 
    Amazing castle, amazing views, definitely worth walking around all the areas and check out the scenery. You'll need about an hour to look around  more »
  • A short detour off the main road through the mountains, this is a trip worth making as you travel between Nicosia and Kyrenia. Unbelievable views and really impressive castle remains. Cafe at the car....  more
    A short detour off the main road through the mountains, this is a trip worth making as you travel between Nicosia and Kyrenia. Unbelievable views and really impressive castle remains. Cafe at the car....  more »
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  • We drove up to this spectacular historic place built into the cliff face. in places, a good few years ago and thought I would share some pictures. Some family members were not keen on the drive up due to the narrow road and the height, but it is so worth it, you will not be disappointed.
  • Great place steeped in history, well worth a visit most of the castle is accessible by decent steps but some parts are only good for sure footed people. Great views from the various parts. Was free when we went.

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