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An old Ottoman roadside inn, Buyuk Han has a mosque in its courtyard, and several art galleries within its walls. Built in 1572, it served as a prison during the British colonization era, and became a hostel for the poor in 1893. The complex stands two stories tall, and has 68 rooms and 10 shops. You'll see a mosque at the center of the courtyard, erected on marble piers. Browse through quaint shops all around the site, which sell spices, sweets, and souvenirs. Check out some of the restaurants and cafes, which have been built to fit in with the traditional feel of the place. Use our Nicosia online trip itinerary maker to visit Buyuk Han on your trip to Nicosia, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 17, 2017
    When we were there (Saturday), there was a bazaar taking place, with all sorts of Turkish shops with clothes, jewellery, scarves, herbs, tea...all very nice. The area inside was also very picturesque,...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    On the advice of our Lonely Planet, we arrive in this tourist spot. If some shops does not have a majority of the real craft, some shops on the other hand really are to discover. This is the case of this hands sculptures shop Guzin Olcutan, held 68 that presents these works with details and thoroughness. It actually reproduces the masterpieces of Cypriot art over a period ranging from 2000 to 500 BC for the most part. Gifts to the suite to our purchase children complete this warm.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is a lovely spot to visit when in Nicosia. Some beautiful well maintained architecture and some unusual and individual little shops with handmade crafts. Worth a visit.  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    It was such A NICE experience for being there where historical and shopping venues can meddle. I met a boutique seller which was a former teacher and whom I had a great talk with, and she gave me really good prices for some cute accessories about Northern Cyprus. Mostly the sellers are so friendly that you'd better do not hesitate to ask questions to or have some random chat with. There are so many shop/boutique options so find the best place that offers best prices. I'd recommend the woman I've told earlier 😁
  • May 20, 2017
    A nice historical place. Best place to buy zvania the local homemade liqueur.
  • April 1, 2017
    Interesting contrast to Southern Cyprus. A touch of Turkish hospitality and friendliness. Enjoyable.
  • April 7, 2017
    Ottoman caravanserai, local artisans and handicrafts, eat local food, a nice relaxing break during your visit in Lefkoşa..
  • May 11, 2017
    Well restored, interesting and nice range of craft shops within,nice place to relax , away from busy Lefkosa

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Despite being the country's capital, Nicosia is not as geared toward tourists as the resorts on Cyprus' sunny coast. Hotels tend to be geared toward business travelers but provide a comfortable stay. Renting a vacation apartment may be preferable option for many, as they enable you to live more like locals. The greater Nicosia area spreads far and wide, so stay near the old city to access the most popular attractions, bars, and restaurants on foot. For an economical option, look for lodging on the north side of the city.
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