Crusader castles in Kantara

Kantara Castle

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The Kantara Castle is the easternmost of the castles situated on the Kyrenia mountain range in Northern Cyprus. Laying at 630 metres above sea level it is well positioned to control the entrances to Karpass Peninsula and Mesaoria plain.

It is believed that the Byzantines built it in the 10th century as a lookout post against raiding Arabs. The first historical mention of the castle is in connection with Richard the Lionheart's captured Cyprus in 1191. At that time Isaac Comnenus, the Byzantine ruler of the island, took refuge at Kantara Castlee.

Later, in 1228 the Royalists so badly battered the walls that they had to be almost entirely rebuilt. Then, the nobility used the castle as a lodge when they hunted mountain goats with tame leopards.

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Wakacje na Cyprze
12 February 2016
Amazing view from Kantara Castle.
Vas Musaogoullari
2 May 2013
Great place to be! Good picnic area, breathtaking castle!
Paul Crabtree
2 July 2013
Stunning views. You must visit here. Nice and cool at the top even in July. 5tl each
Chris R (thechristophe)
26 September 2018
Great views from up top! Worth a visit.
Nina Molokova
4 November 2019
Открывается фантастический вид на весь остров, пейзажи по пути в замок тоже завораживают. Стоит посетить, не пожалеете
Utku Özdamar
28 January 2015
Muhteşem bir manzara, yorulduğuna değiyor...
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35°24′0″N, 33°55′0″E, 3.1km from Kantara

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