Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bellapais Abbey

The Bellapais Abbey (also known as the Bellapais Monastery and the Bellapais Manastiri) is located in Bellapais Village, near the Pentadaktylos Mountains and about 7 km from the city of Kyrenia, within the Kyrenia district of Northern Cyprus.






Originally, this site was called the Abbaye de la Paix (also known as the Abbey of Peace).  However, the Venetians shortened the name to De la Paix, which eventually became Bellapais, as it's known today.

Bellapais Abbey was built in the 13th century by Augustinian monks, yet the main section of this abbey was built during the Lusignan period.







During the Ottoman conquest of the island, it was further damaged and consequently closed.  Eventually, the abbey was gifted to the Greek Orthodox church for restoration, and then it was utilized as a place of worship until 1974.

Today, the Bellapais Abbey is a cultural site to visit, and it's considered one of the loveliest Gothic historical sites in the Middle East.
 



Bellapais Abbey is a delightful site to explore, and there's a lovely view from the abbey's upper levels.


Site: Bellapais Abbey. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Monastery. 

Location: Bellapais Village, about 7 km from the city of Kyrenia, within the Kyrenia district of Northern Cyprus.

Phone Number: 8157540. 

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday to Friday, during summer months.  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday to Friday, during winter months.

Entrance Fee: €2,50. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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