Girne Harbour, Castle and Museum

The elegant crescent-shaped Venetian harbour in Girne is the place to relax and enjoy the bustling yet uncannily pretty harbour town its 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. 

The Shipwreck Museum

The sunk ship exhibited in the castle of Girne was built in 389 BC and was 80 years old. About 400 pieces Amphora, 29 basalt millstones, about 9000 pieces of almond were found in this sunk ship that was thought to be a cargo ship during Hellenistic ages after the death of Alexander. About 300 pieces of lead shows the ship was used for fishing. This sunk ship is about 1.5 km near Girne, at depth of 18 m and found by sponge fisherman in 1965. It was taken out of water by the experts of Pennsylvania University.

It is 15 m in length, made of Aleppo pine. The wooden surface of the ship is coated with a strong lacquer, to protect against Mediterranean wood-boring maggot. The kitchen utensils, wooden spoons, olive bottle, glasses, saltcellars show the ship's crew was only four persons.