Friday, June 13, 2014

Buffavento Castle

Buffavento Castle (also known as Buffavento Kalesi) is located along the Pentadaktylos Mountains (also known as Besparmaklar, Five Finger Mountains, and Kyrenia Mountains), within the Kyrenia district of Northern Cyprus.

In the 7th century, the upper part of the castle was built to defend against Arab raids.  In the 11th century, the Byzantines built the lower part of the castle, which was expanded by the Lusignans in the 14th century.  During the Lusignan period, the Buffavento Castle served as a prison.  During the Venetian period, the castle was abandoned and became mostly ruins. 

Today, this castle is the least preserved of the three main castles along the Kyrenia Mountain Range, which included the Saint Hilarion Castle and Kantara Castle.

The Pentadaktylos Mountains are a delightful area to explore, and the Buffavento Castle is one site to visit along the way.

Site: Buffavento Castle. 

Category: Archaeological Site. 

Location: Along the Pentadaktylos Mountains, within the Kyrenia district of Northern Cyprus.

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Sunday. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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