Travel pictures from North, Cyprus
Old Girne (Kyrenia in Greek) harbor with various tour boats
Promenade and restaurant row beside docks in old harbor
The massive 16th century Girne Castle as seen from the harbor
The easily-defended very narrow entrance to the Girne Castle
12th century Byzantine church of St. George inside the Castle
The Church of St. George was originally a basilica
Originally outside, the castle expanded enclosing the church.
Small boat harbor seen from inside the castle
Interior courtyard. Castle was built by Venetians over earlier crusader and Byzantine forts.
Remains of 4th century Greek merchant ship in castle’s Shipwreck Museum
Hull section with ballast stones and amphora that contained 9000 well preserved almonds
Stone weights to measure (plumb) depth
Remains of the 14th century Church of Chrysopolitissa
Agha Cafer Pasha Mosque built in 1580
Old house near Girne harbor
Ancient relics lie casually about in Famagusta.
Salamis is an ancient Greek city-state near modern Famagusta in Northern Cyprus.
Salamis dates from the 11rh century BC
Greek art and culture flourished in Salamis until it became part of the Persian then Roman and Ottoman empires.
Raised floor heated from below
Well preserved tile floor
Stone water channel
The partially reconstructed Roman amphitheater dates from 63 BC.
The amphitheater ruins were only discovered in 1959.
The 1298 Cathedral of Saint Nicholas is now the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque.
The mosque is the largest medieval building in Famagusta.
Cyprus rulers from 1190 to 1489 were of the French Lusignan dynasty.
Land Gate in Famagusta’s Venetian walls which withstood the Ottoman siege of 1571
Many ruins like this Roman bathhouse are neglected.
One of several unrestored ancient churches in Famagusta
Ruins of Agia Trias Basilica near Aigialousa on the Karpas Peninsula
We visited several ancient churches on the sparsely populated 77-mile long Karpas Peninsula.
11th-century Byzantine church of Panayia Pergaminiotissa
Local lizards looked well-fed.
The Kantara Castle seen from near the seashore
This drilling crew waved a friendly greeting as we ascended the switchbacks to Kantara.
The long, steep stairway to Kantara Castle, 1,900 feet above the sea
When Kantara was built is unknown; it became derelict in 1525.
Kantara is said to have once contained 100 rooms.
Both sides of the peninsula are visible.
Looking toward the tip of the Karpas Peninsula
Vouni, the 5th century BC site of the only Persian palace in Cyprus
Ruins of the 6th century BC Greek city of Soli under a protective roof
Mosaic floor from Soli basilica
Restored theater in Soli
The park beyond this arched ceiling was a nice restaurant.
St. Hilarion Castle 2,350 feet high in the Kyrenia mountains above Girne
Several hundred rough stone steps lead to the top.
The 11th century Byzantine fortifications were decommissioned by Venetians in the 15th century.
The walls of the “Royal Apartments” are over 4’ thick.
The Girne Castle can be seen at midpoint of the shoreline far below.
The ruins of the 13th century Bellapais Abbey and Monastery
The Monastery once had a supposed fragment of the True Cross
Elaborately carved Analogion used to hold holy books during an orthodox service
Center of the village of Bellapais
Former home of Lawrence Durrell author of the memoir Bitter Lemons of Cyprus