Kyrenia (Girne in Turkish) is a small city located on the coast of Northern Cyprus. It is famous for its historical harbour and the Venetian castle. It's the most picturesque town in Cyprus and attracts a large number of tourists also due to other historical sites in the area (Bellapais, the St Hilarion and Buffavento castles). Kyrenia was founded in the 10th century BC by the Mycenaeans. The Romans established the foundations of its castle in the 1st century AD. In the 7th century the Byzantines built a castle on the site of the Roman foundations, which was later expanded by the Lusignans and the Venetians. Kyrenia was seized by the Ottomans in 1571. Nowadays it is the cultural and economic centre of Northern Cyprus and a major tourist centre with many hotels and lots of nightlife. Currently it has 21000 inhabitants.
01 Kyrenia 02 Boats in the harbour 03 Harbour
04 Harbour 05 Harbour
06 Harbour 07 Chain tower in harbour 08 Kyrenia castle 09 Northwest tower
10 Castle walls 11 Southeast tower of castle 12 Castle walls 13 Ramp 14 Corridor 15 Byzantine church
16 Byzantine church 17 Ramp 18 Northwest tower
19 Kyrenia castle 20 Inner court 21 Gate 22 Wall ruins
23 Ramp 24 Kyrenia castle
25 Bay 26 Ferry harbour 27 Round tower
28 Temmuz Kordonbuyu street 29 Cafe de Liman 30 Sahilboyu street 31 Hairdresser 32 Italian restaurant
33 Kyrenia at dusk 34 Old town at night 35 Dogankoy mosque
36 Dogankoy mosque
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