Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cyprus - My 7 day circuit across the country - Day 3 early afternoon - North Cyprus - Kyrenia - the Castle and the Shipwreck Museum; the harbour area; the Chrysopolitissa Church - The 7th of November 2016

Soon after lunch we headed to Kyrenia having made our way along the Ottoman cemetry and the little Anglican Church towards the mighty looking Castle built by the Byzantines on the site of a Roman fort, having later been extended by the Lusignans.

We visited St. George's Church  within the ensemble though it is said to have been originally left outside the  defense walls of the castle before we crossed the courtyard so as to visit  the Shipwreck Museum housing quite a number of artefacts and the remains of a merchant vessel dating back to 300 BC which sank in a storm.

We didn't stay long though and made it to the harbour area instead  before we strolled back into the inner streets of this pictoresque town that in a lot of ways reminded me of some Portuguese villages.

We came across a rather small church, the former Chrysopolitissa Church in absolute need of restoration. From the external decorative details as well as the inner altar ruins one could just envisage how interesting it must have been in the past. 

(To be continued)

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