Kyrenia is founded in the 10th Century BC., by Achaean settlers and was for many Centuries one of the 10 Kingdoms of Cyprus. In the 7th century it was fortified by Byzantine who built the original Castle later expanded first by the Lusignans and then by the Venetians. Under the Ottomans the town had remained a minor port. The British built a harbour and a Quay. Under the British Empire the Town was an en-route resting place for officers, caprains and their families for its picturesque situation, its beautiful harbour and leisurely and romantic atmosphere. The Town still retains its character with many restaurants and bars by the Harbour and small hotels spreading east and west of the town, along the coastline which raises to from an impressive backdrop with the mountains behind. The region now an attractive holiday resort boasts many historical sites worth visiting. Among these the Harbour Castle and the St. Hilarion Castle, The Bellapais Abbey, The Folk Art and The Icon Museums are the most important.
Known locally as Lefkosia, Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and the only remaining divided city in Europe. Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south.
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