Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Famagusta

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The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Lala Mustafa Paşa Camii), originally known as the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and later as the Saint Sophia (Ayasofya) Mosque of Mağusa, is the largest medieval building in Famagusta, Cyprus. Built between 1298 and c. 1400, it was consecrated as a Catholic cathedral in 1328. The cathedral was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman Empire captured Famagusta in 1571 and it remains a mosque to this day. From 1954 the building has taken its name from Lala Mustafa Pasha, the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from Sokolovići in Bosnia, who served Murat III and led Ottoman forces against the Venetians in Cyprus.
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  • The history is absolutely fascinating! This was built as a Catholic Church but during to the long history of this area it is now a mosque. You are allowed to enter and it is well it! 
    The history is absolutely fascinating! This was built as a Catholic Church but during to the long history of this area it is now a mosque. You are allowed to enter and it is well it!  more »
  • As has been said this is a Gothic Cathedral converted into a Mosque after the Ottoman invasion. Any form of Christian decoration has long gone but what that does is allow you to view the... 
    As has been said this is a Gothic Cathedral converted into a Mosque after the Ottoman invasion. Any form of Christian decoration has long gone but what that does is allow you to view the...  more »
  • This mosque is converted from a cathedral in the 16. century. The original cathedral is in gothic form and the external structure is beatiful. Although inside of the structure is basic, it has an... 
    This mosque is converted from a cathedral in the 16. century. The original cathedral is in gothic form and the external structure is beatiful. Although inside of the structure is basic, it has an...  more »
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  • Such a fabulous architecture! Wonderful design, so delicate so flawless. Pity they turned such a wonderful cathedral into a mosque!!!!
  • Great architecture but i believe very bad job done while turning it into a mosque. Could have been much better. If it was preserved wholly. Ofc this is only my humble opinion.
  • I visited the ancient gothic St Nicholas Cathedral alias Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in 2008. I was amazed to see a real French gothic skyline. Indeed the cathedral was built by Lusignan dynasty at the end of XIV century and converted in a mosque after the siege of Famagusta and the fall of Venetian Rule in 1571. The size is relevant: the church is about 50 meter long (60 with the apse) and the façade about 25 meter wide, a little larger that the adjacent Church of St. George of the Greeks in ruins.
  • It used to be a church. Such a beautiful place! I am just amazed by the building details. 👍🏼
  • This is an enormous, beautiful building which dominates the centre of the Old Town. Once a church, it was converted into a mosque.

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