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Bellapais Abbey

Bellapais Abbey, Cyprus

This name is the corrupt form of the 'Abbaye de la Paix' or the Abbey of Peace. This building is regarded as the most beautiful Gothic building in the Near East. Originally built by Augustinian monks and French Kings Hugh III and IV. Following the Ottoman conquest the monks were turned out and the building was given to the Greek Orthodox Church.

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