Northern Cyprus – Kyrenia Castle and Shipwreck Museum

The castle was built to protect the town against Arab raids. In this shot you can see the annoying couple who kept getting in my shots (he shouldn’t wear tiny denim shorts at his age!).

Inside the castle – no idea who this chap is, but he turned up at just the right time.

Inside St George’s chapel.

Outside the chapel – look at that sky!

I thought that the shape of this palm was fantastic.

Here is the obligatory flower photo!

I wonder who this lady was? I love the drapery across her chest.

This is the remains of a what they think was a Syrian (or possibly Phoenician) ship that went down in a storm ~300 BC. All the literature claims that this is the oldest shipwreck recovered in the world, but Selin the guide says that there is an older on in Turkey (but as my driver said “why is she guide? She from bloody Turkey”.

I felt quite moved looking at the detail of the boat. Thinking of the hands that had made it. I’d better stop or I’ll come over all whimsical.

The cargo was in pretty good shape. As well as fig pips and other bits and pieces they recovered 9,000 almonds.

I’m really pleased that they didn’t totally clean this one up.

Here is the view from the lower Lusignan tower. I wanted to capture the contrast between the light outside and the dark within.

PS Many thanks to my eagle eyed reader who realised that this photo was the WRONG WAY UP. Now corrected 8-).