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Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Famagusta

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  • This beautiful church was converted to Mosque to meet the demands of its people. The inside is cool and bright. The usual observances must be adhered to when entering the Mosque  more »
  • The Turks are very touchy about you taking photos of this monument to human stupidity and nationalist intransigence, but tread carefully and can see something that is unique.  more »
  • A lovely old cathedral now a mosque. Had to wait for prayers to end before entering. Shoes off of course. Inside is stripped bare except for the large carpet. Felt it a little sad that it was devoid o...  more »
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  • The place have been ruined, by a totally inappropriate and badly constructed minaret. Nice square nice souring.
  • Quiet and Peaceful setting. As one would expect from visiting a religious building. First time I had seen an ex church that is now a Mosque. Visitors are always welcome when it is not prayer time.
  • This isan awsome place and i would love to visit there! This is on my bucket list ! To visit this beautiful place! Thank you for such a great review
  • The former Latin cathedral of St Nicholas, is one of the most impressive Frankish buildings still to survive in the Near East. The building of the church started around 1300, though it is thought to be on the remains of an earlier church. In style it resembles the Cathedral at Rheims, as well as St Sophia in Nicosia and Bellapais abbey. The main entrance to the cathedral is at the western end, on the eastern side of Namik Kemal square. The most noticeable features are the two four-sided bell towers. They once had fine windows, but the tracery has now all but disappeared. If you look closely, you can still see damage caused by the Ottoman bombardment. After the fall of Famagusta, a minaret was added to the northern tower, and the church converted into a mosque. Inside the mosque, in accordance with Muslim practice, all images of the human form were removed, and any frescos on the walls were covered with plaster, and who knows what treasures remain hidden underneath. The Ottoman leader, Lala Mustafa destroyed the alters and statues to the saints. Stained glass was replaced by clear glass, if replaced at all. He removed gravestones, and even human remains were removed, including thos of the last two Lusignan kings of Cyprus. As in all mosques, the floor of the church was covered by a carpet, so there is a possibility that some gravestones remain. One, however, can still be seen. In the north west corner, is the tomb of the Bishop of Famagusta, who is depicted holding his pastoral staff. He was ordained in 1360, and died in 1365 from a chill received while swimming in the sea.
  • Very nice cathedral of St.Nicolaus, actually used as a moscue