Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Famagusta

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  • August 17, 2017
    This is the first time that I see a cathedral transformed into a mosque, it's say my astonishment in front of this splendid building. Worth it to you to judge.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It looks like a castle. Its amazing. The transformation from a church to a masjid is very obvious and unique. Its very historic and the interior design is very simply amazing. During praying times peo...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Were in Famagusta. This building is the most noticeable (high) in the County. Were morning people were not. Well, that is to say, the entrance is not centered, featured under the mosque, although the carpet also produces nothing that you are exactly in the mosque. For the Christians of 1/5 territory. Thanks anyway, something saved. and on this thanks.
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  • May 5, 2017
    Geschiedenis. Een Kerk (Christelijk) die veranderde in een Moskee. The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Lala Mustafa Paşa Camii), originally known as the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and later as the Ayasofya (Saint Sophia) Mosque of Mağusa, is the largest medieval building in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. Built between 1298 and c. 1400, it was consecrated as a Roman 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. Thanks to the source of information: WIKEPEDIA
  • March 3, 2017
    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.
  • November 25, 2016
    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.
  • April 21, 2017
    The place have been ruined, by a totally inappropriate and badly constructed minaret. Nice square nice souring.
  • February 1, 2017
    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

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Although Famagusta was once a bustling tourist destination, the city enjoys far fewer tourists today. The hotels that remain tend to be orientated towards luxury travel, offering on-site restaurants, swimming pools, and even a private section of beach. Vacation rentals are more plentiful and often a good value, particularly if you're traveling in a large group. However, they are frequently set in residential neighborhoods. To make the most of Famagusta's nightlife, opt for a place within walking distance of Salamis Road.
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