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Kyrenia Harbour

The historic Kyrenia harbour is situated on TOA of Cyprus and has a 6,000 year long history, dating back to the time of the Byzantines. The harbour is a small but charming place, where one will find everything from calm ambiance and soothing atmosphere to beautiful views and stunning surroundings. The harbour is appreciated for its natural beauty. In its heyday it was lined with warehouses, stored with fruits of the countryside whilst they awaited export. There has been a settlement at Kyrenia since the 10th century BC, but the harbour today was shaped most by the Venetians.

At the entrance to the harbour is the Byzantine Kyrenia castle which has been influenced by the Lusignans and then the Venetians amongst others. Originally built as a roman fort, the impressive castle is stacked full of history and is now home to an informative museum which houses the oldest shipwreck in the world dating back to the 16th century. [1]

The history of Kyrenia harbour dates back to the 10th century BC but its shape as we know it today only came about during Venetian times. It was in 1489 that the Venetians changed the island and the harbour to protect it against invasion. In 1489 Kyrenia was a very important port and it was therefore necessary to protect it.

Kyrenia castle guards the harbor and its towers mark the entrance to the harbour. There is also a Marine Marty’s Monument on the opposite side of the harbor entrance which helps to guide sailors. The custom house is located in the west corner of the harbour and in ancient times a chain gate was stretched across the entrance to prevent enemy ships from entering the harbour.

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Taken: 30/11/2008
Uploaded: 30/11/2008
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: kyrenia castle; kyrenia; north cyprus; cyprus; kktc; trnc; kibris; harbour; lusignan; tower; venetian
More About Kyrenia

Kyrenia (Greek: Κερύνεια, Kerýneia; Turkish: Girne) is a town on the northern coast of Cyprus, noted for its historic harbour and castle.In its heyday Kyrenia harbour was lined with warehouses in which were stored the fruits of the countryside whilst they awaited export. The harbour is currently used largely for pleasure craft, and the buildings are now mostly all restaurants, with outdoor tables along the water. The harbour is particularly busy during the summer season, which is when it is greeted with mass loads of tourists. Daily boat tours of Kyrenia and Karpaz take off from this ancient harbour. A larger harbour is located a few miles east of the town centre, used by commercial shipping and ferries from the Turkish mainland. Despite the unrecognized state of the TRNC, it is known that Cruise liners carrying tourists often stop at Kyrenia before making their way onto different Destinations, such as Egypt. This has been said to be the collapse of the decades long embargo that the TRNC has been under.

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