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“Could be SO much better- TRNC must try harder.”

Ancient Shipwreck Museum
Ranked #9 of 52 things to do in Kyrenia
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We visited this sad little museum/exhibit with Turkish friends from Istanbul. It is indeed a very ancient shipwreck, recovered from the seabed outside Kyrenia Harbour by amateur divers. It has been installed in an air-conditioned/climate controlled room in Kyrenia/Girne Castle, and then sadly, abandoned.
Today it sits in an unremarkable and dusty location, which is often missed by visitors to the castle. There is inadequate signage, inadequate explanation and diagrams, and is in general poorly displayed. The contents of the wreck are on show in dusty display cabinets often with burnt out lamps and very little in the way of description.
This whole exhibition could be so much better, I suggest the curators visit Bodrum Castle in Turkey if they want some indication of how to do things in a more professional manner. But in reality all that is really needed is a little love and attention. The authorities that look after this Castle should be ashamed of themselves, they may not have much money for repairs, but they can pick up the rubbish and do a little housekeeping which costs very little indeed. This shipwreck could be marvellous attraction, and if properly advertised and displayed, bring in considerable revenue.

Thank Throy
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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Fascinating wreck likely sunk by pirates. Don't miss the curse tablet intended to keep the ship at the bottom of the sea. Lots of cargo vessels, etc on display.

Thank kattullus
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Well worth a visit. A most comprehensive collection of goods retrieved from the depths with this ancient trading vessel. From amphorae to thousands of almonds, and numbers of mill stones used as ballast.

Thank Madelyn M
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Found this museum very interesting and lots of information was in English too. This was located in the grounds of the castle so not far to travel.

Thank caz1993
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

The shipwreck museum is within the castle. Fairly small but has all exhibits with an English text. The main exhibition is the remains of the shipwreck but there are lots of other exhibits from on board and further explanations on the route of the boat. The castle walls are worth walking around to get a view of the coast and bits of the city.

Thank ianatcambridge
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