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             Various views of the mountain scenery in North Cyprus



            Alevkayasi (Halevga or Giailas) - elevation 935m (3068 ft)

A viewpoint on the path leading from Alevkayasi (Halevga) to the central ridge road. The road below winds up from Degirmenlik (Kythrea) to Alevkayasi. The view overlooks the central plains of Cyprus (known as the Mesaoria). On a clear day Nicosia and the Troodos Mountains are visible.   




Sourp Magar Monastery is situated at a height of 550m (1800 ft) above sea level on the northern slopes of the Besparmak Mountains close to Alevkayasi. The monastery is dedicated to 'St Makarios the Blessed'. Dating from the 12th Century, the building was established by Armenian monks fleeing Byzantine rule. Remaining undiscovered for two decades they were able to worship in safety. Abandoned in the late 17th Century, the monastery is now in disrepair.

            Two atmospheric shots of the mountains around St. Hilarion taken from Ozankoy (Kazaphani)
            Two views looking east from the roof of our former apartment building, showing Buffavento with
            Besparmak in the distance.
            Sunsets showing the west end of the Besparmak (Pendadhaktylos or Five Fingers) Range
             A walk with friends from Turk Maarif College in the hills above Kucukerenkoy (Kapsolos)
            Finally - 'a hard day at the office' - relaxing in Boater's Cafe Bar in Kyrenia Old Harbour.
            This is the 'base camp' for the mountains, and many thanks go to Omer and Seyma Ozgul for their 
            continued friendship and hospitality.