Historical Sites Of Karpaz

Published: 18th July 2009
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Karpaz Peninsula has been home to many cities, and monasteries in history. Today, the remains of numerous ancient cities are to be found in the area. The most important historic remains in the peninsula is the city of Carpasia. the city used to stand 5 km away from Dipkarpaz.It is claimed that the city of Carpasia had a memorable temple, built by the King Pygmalion, and dedicated to Sarpedon, son of Zeus.
Archaeological ramins show that Carpasia flourished in the 4th century ted in te 647 AD and continued for several years. Today, the ancient city of Carpasia lies under the fround almost entirely, except for the few remains discovered.
ANother important city taht existed on the peninsula was Urania. The city of Urania is supposed to have been located in the region named as Aphendrika today. Urania was one of the six biggest cities on the island in the 2nd century BC. Archaeological research has spotted a castle, necropolis,a temple area, and an harbour disappeared long ago. threarened by Arab invasions, the residents of Carpasia and Urania did not feel safe in their cities. Eventually, they settled on a high hill, in the south of Urania, and established a new city: Agridia. Today, there are but four churches survived from the ancient city of Agridia.
Karpaz Peninsula is home to many monasteries and churches as well as ancient cities. Churchles of Hagios Philon and Panagia Kanakaria are outstanding with their architecture and stunning mosaics. Church of Hagios Philon has an exceptional flooring, and the mosaics of Panagia Kanakaria are claimed to date back to Byzantine times. Madonna with the Child is am important piece- a must see during a visit to the peninsula.
The Kantara Castle is the easternmost of the castles situated on the Kyrenia mountain range in North Cyprus. Laying at 630 metres above sea level it is well positioned to control the entrances to Karpaz Peninsula and Mesaria plain. It is thought to be built in the 10th century as a lookout post by the Byzantines against the raiding Arabs. The castle is first time mentioned in history when Richard the Lionheart captured Cyprus in 1191 and Isaac Comnenus, the Byzantine ruler of the island, took refuge in the castle. Later, in 1228 the walls were so badly bombarded that the walls had to be almost entriely rebuilt. Then, the castle was used as a hunting louge for nobles to hunt mountain goats with tamed leopards. The village of Kantara, below the castle, is a pictoresque little village adorned with old houses and aged trees. The village and the castle have a different beauty each season. North cyprus holidaysIt is ideal for taking a refreshing walk and enjoyed the chilly mountain weather even in the hottest day of summer.
Home to historic sites, and sacred places, Karpaz is also mother to a myriad of indigenous animals and plants that are under the danger of extinction. Opposed to the urbanzition trend that ends up with the concrete-ization and destruction of natural marvels, Karpaz stands victorious with its untouched clean nature. Go and explore this beautiful region where you can enjoy the nature to its fullest.




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