Places to see in İskele region of North Cyprus
North Cyprus’ Yeni İskele is located on the main route between Nicosia and Famagusta. The following stunning sites to see in North Cyprus’ İskele will make your trip memorable.
Land of Aphrodite
Because of its golden beaches and proximity to seafood restaurants, Iskele, as one of the major cities in North Cyprus, is gradually becoming a destination for tourists and residents alike. Trikomo, which was once known as Trikomo, is supposed to have received Cyprus’ first fruit from Aphrodite.
Two of the village’s most noteworthy historical landmarks are the Panayia Theotokos museum, which was founded in the 12th century, and the small cruciform church of Ayios Iakovos (St. James), which was built in the 15th century. As an added benefit, the adjacent fishing hamlet of Boaz has a waterfront lined with seafood eateries. The sandier beaches and crystal-clear seas of Bafra are among the greatest in the world. It was formerly a peaceful rural village.
But, thanks to the construction of luxury hotels, Bafra is today a popular tourist destination. It is worth stopping on the road from Famagusta to the Karpaz Peninsula just to take a deep whiff of the salty sea air.
Kantara castle is among the enthralling places to visit in North Cyprus’ İskele
There are a variety of routes to get to the castle, but they all begin at Kantara, a small village in the mountains. The defenders of James I, King of Cyprus, were tenacious in their fight against the Genoese invasion of Cyprus in 1372. As a result, Kantara has seen its fair share of military combat. The castle’s location provided it with a bird’s-eye view over the Karpaz peninsula and an unequaled vantage point above Famagusta’s city walls.
The Venetians thought it had little military value and demolished it in the same way as the other two castles. It is precisely the same as it was a couple of hundred years ago, maybe not older. At slightly over 2,000 feet above sea level, this is the lowest of the three castles, and it wraps around the mountain range’s last formidable summit. The climb to the top is not too strenuous. The gatehouse is only a short distance from the parking lot.
Description of Kantara Castle
As a gravel road ascends and passes a cistern on the right, cool air from the sea and plain can be felt and heard moaning through the trees. A guardhouse sits to the right of the portcullis-protected gatehouse, while a path continues up some very steep and well-worn hazardous stairs into the lower ward’s barricade. The northeast and southeast towers may be seen well from the upper ward doorway, which is only a short hike away. At this point, Kantara’s fullness is revealed. Despite the fact that the top levels of the guardhouse, Castellan’s quarters, and barrack rooms were demolished hundreds of years ago. There are also vast storerooms and subterranean cisterns on the western side of the castle still in use. You will come across the skeleton remnants of more houses as you follow the perimeter walls, and you will be rewarded with spectacular views at every turn. The large chamber in the northeast tower, with its towering arrow slits, is not to be missed. These let longbow archers to aim at the enemy below while remaining relatively safe. Because Kantara is the “Castle of 101 Rooms,” you should take your time exploring it. And anyone who finds the 101st is said to have arrived in the Heaven Kingdom.
Homeland Park of İskele Municipality
Homeland Park in North Cyprus caters to individuals of all ages with its lush fields, ramblers, lemon cypresses, palm trees, mulberry trees, and gal berries. With the support of play guards, the goal is to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for children to play in the park. Residents of the town gather there, especially on summer nights, to socialize and have a good time.
Capella Church of Ayios Yakavos (Saint James Church)
The church of “Ecevit Square” was erected in Constantinople and is now on display there (XIV century). It is also crossed out since it is a single-minded activity. Porcelain plates decorate the interior of the church. In this little church before 1974, there were two noticeable eikons. They owned the eikons representing Jesus and Mary. According to historical chronicles, this little chapel drew Romania’s queen (Maria). And a replica was built at the Black Sea temple. The reconstruction of Capella was completed by the Ministry of Tourism in March 2009. It was then linked to the tourism and marketing department, and a Tourist Information Office was established.
Another historic site to visit in İskele, North Cyprus is the Panayia Thedokou Church (İskele Eikon Museum). It was built as the village’s principal church in the sixteenth century, with a single nave and a dome. The church’s north front had a pendentive arch in the 15th century, while the south side was built later. In the year 1804, a new church was built.
A marble sheet found on the north-east side of the existing bell tower might have been part of an old railing, which is peculiar. The paintings from the sixteenth century were eventually cleaned in 1966. The south side of the building was opened up in 1967, allowing for the display of more pictures from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Antiques and Museums Department of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) renovated the Iskele Eikon Church in 1991. The Iskele Eikon Museum was thereafter established. And it was reopened to visitors.