crescent-shaped Venetian harbour in Girne is the place to
relax and enjoy the bustling yet uncannily pretty harbour
town – it’s also delightfully breezy during the hot summer
months and a great place to sit, savour and simply enjoy.
Visit buzzing waterside cafes and fish restaurants for
delicious food and drink, a good dose of harbour-side
romance and beautiful views of the sea where fishing boats
mingle leisurely with sophisticated yachts.
The castle of Girne, one of the most impressive and powered
castles to have survived since the middle ages until today,
was supposed to be built to protect the city from pirates in
the 7th century. The remnants left from the Roman age show
that the history of Girne castle harks back to older times.
Written findings mention the Girne castle, and that the King
Richard III of England had captured the island during the
Crusades in 1911. It is known that the castle of Girne had
been subjected to changes during the sovereignty term of
French Luzinyen lasting for 300 years. The castle was
heavily demolished by the attack of Genovese' in 1373. The
Venetians rebuilt the castle in order to gain protection
from the Ottoman fires. New city walls and round towers were
added during this term. When the castle was finished, the
church of Saint George that was used by Knights Templar and
was supposedly built in 1100 was within the city walls.
The castle is reached by a marrow bridge built on a deep
ditch, which was used as an inner port filled with water
until the years of 1400. The figures of three lions standing
on their back paws on the vault of the inner door were made
by Luziniens. The tomb is seen when entered through the door
belonging to Algerian, Sadik Pasa, Ottoman Admiral who died
during the capture of Cyprus in 1570. Today the Venetian
Tower (in the southwest), Lusinien Tower (in the northwest),
and the prisons of Lusinian period were restored as
animations. Also, Samic, compositions belonging to Vrysi
Neolithic village taking place 10 km far in the east of
Girne, findings, animations of tombs found in Kirni village
during Early and Middle Bronze Age, and Sunk Ships Museum
are all open as exhibitions.