One man’s holiday photographs produced a spooky surprise when he returned home and spotted a ghostly figure standing on an ancient mountainside.
Michael Holmes, 62 who lives in Fox Way, Buckingham, was in Northern Cyprus last month for his sister Janis Taylor’s wedding.
With a day to kill after the nuptials he and his wife Wendy, 51 visited The Saint Hilarion Castle and former monastery.
He took a number of snaps of the mountainside castle from different angles, yet all the images showed the white figure standing rigidly to attention in the same spot.
Mr Holmes says that did not see the figure when he took the photographs, nor when he climbed to the top of the mountain earlier that day. But he now believes that the image could be the castle’s devilish former resident Prince John.
He said: “The mountain is 700 metres high with beautiful views,and it looks like the figure is on the viewing platform.
“The castle used to be ruled by Prince John, and any traitors would be thrown to their deaths from that part of the mountain. If it is a ghost then I reckon is him.”
He added: “When I got home to England and first looked at the photos I thought it was light reflecting on one picture. But then I saw the same figure on three different shots, all from different angles.
“I have never believed in ghosts before, but my wife does believe in the paranomal and even she is bemused about what it could be. I now believe that it’s a ghost.
“Some people have said it’s Photoshopped but I don’t even have Photoshop, let alone know how to use it, I’ve even got the original camera card and the pictures are still on there, it’s just bizarre, you can see arms and legs and it definitely wasn’t there when we took the picture.
“They do say that the camera picks up what the eye never can.”
Saint Hilarion was originally a 10th centuray monastery, and was named after a monk who is said to have used the site for his hermitage.
The lower and middle wards served economic purposes, while the upper ward housed the royal family of the time. Saint Hilarion’s Prince John tower, where the appartition was spotted, sits on a cliff above the lower castle and along the western wall, there is a stunning view of the northern coast of Cyprus.
Mr Holmes has since been in contact with a newspaper in Cyprus, who heard about his spooky picture and want to investigate.
And the dad says that he would love to go back to the country to se if he can spot the spook again.
He said: “I would definitely go back, my sister is still there and we have told her about it, but she’s just got married so I don’t know if she’ll do the trip.
“I heard that Saint Hilarion is listed on Trip Advisor as a haunted place so it can’t just be us.
“It is such a bizarre picture, and if anyone can tell me what it is, and that it isn’t a ghost then please by my guest.”
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