02 October 2011
732 Metres Above Sea Level
St. Hilarion Castle
Perched high in the Kyrenia mountain range, overlooking the Mediterranean and the surrounding areas of North Cyprus, stands the castle of St Hilarion. We climbed it this week. Step after step after step......... We set off in the morning so we wouldn't be caught in the heat of the midday sun. It isn't food related, but I thought I would share some of the fabulous views with you.
The castle lies on the Kyrenia mountain range in North Cyprus and is named after St. Hilarion, a hermit monk who fled from persecution in the Holy Land and lived and died in a cave on the mountains. Later in the 10th century the Byzantines built a church and monastery here.
It was the main defense point of the island along with the castles of Buffavento and Kantara against Arab pirates raiding the coast. Some sections were further upgraded under the Lusignan rule.
The castle has three sections. The lower section had the stables and the living quarters for the men-at-arms. The church lies on the middle section and the upper section was reserved for the Royals.
There isn't a lot of the castle left, some rooms and walls, but you do get a good impression of the sheer size of it and the views are stunning.