National Geographic : 1928 Jul
BELLA PA'SE ABBEY IS "AN ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENT TO THE LUSIGNAN DYNASTY" The 300 years during which this distinguished French line ruled Cyprus were the most brilliant inthe island's history. Castles, abbeys, and cathedrals uprose at the command of the Latin kings. Scholars and soldiers flocked here. The island's wealth and luxury amazed all Europe. Boccaccio and St. Thomas Aquinas dedicated works to its rulers. Bella Paise is still the finest Lusignan ruin in Cyprus, itsmassive rectory hinting truly ofthe magnificence for which it was celebrated in the Middle Ages. A modern campanile of the usual village type tops the old entrance gateway (see, also, text, page 15, and illustration, page 27).