Photographer's Note

‘Kyrenia/Girne - Harbour to chill out’

Girne/Kyrenia (Turkish/Greek) isn’t really a big town.
There live only about 13.000 people. However it is a very charming place and then specially its harbour.

In earlier days this harbour was lined with warehouses in which the fruits of the Cypriot countryside waited to be exported.
Today the port is mainly used by pleasure craft. The former warehouses have become restaurants and cafés with outdoor tables that are often packed.

It is a place to relax, savour and enjoy in a charming atmosphere. Despite the fact it is really very touristic I have to admit that I’ve eaten very well there and enjoyed the character of the place.

Apart from the relaxing aspect people admire the many beautiful views and the colourful surroundings.

On the pic you can see the tower of the Greek Orthodox Arkhangelos Church at the other side of the port. The church dates back to 1860 and since 1991 it houses the Icon Museum.

At this side of the harbour (not on the photo) the Kyrenia Castle is the most important site. This castle dates back to the Byzantine time and has also served the Crusaders, the Venetians, the Ottomans and the British. The Venetians built very huge round towers at its corners to strenghten it.

Looking inland from the port you have stunning mountain views (on the Kyrenia Mountain Range).

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5289 W: 17 N: 12801] (51414)
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