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Buyuk Han, Nicosia

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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. Put Buyuk Han into our Nicosia family vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Nicosia.
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  • This is a lovely place to sit and enjoy life. A lovely old caravanserai full of history. Friendly people. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • for me it was an interesting historical place. now it is a nice place to eat. You can enjoy traditional (Turkish or Greek) cypriot dishes  more »
  • When you are within the four walls of the buildings, so close your eyes and imagine how the people from the Silk Road trade sat in here and traded with each other. It has been a very exciting place and continues to be a wonderful experience.
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  • Interesting contrast to Southern Cyprus. A touch of Turkish hospitality and friendliness. Enjoyable.
  • Ottoman caravanserai, local artisans and handicrafts, eat local food, a nice relaxing break during your visit in Lefkoşa..
  • Most well-ordered looking place in the old town. It is so nice sitting inside as recognition to its genuine purpous of guest housing. It might looses its concept of oriental flavor in the mixture of colourful tourist groups but it can be found again visiting it twice. Great place to meet people
  • One of the most important architectural works of the Ottoman period, the Buyuk Han (The Great Inn) is located in the traditional market centre within the City Walls. . The Han, which was built to provide accommodation for travellers from Anatolia and other parts of Cyprus was originally named "Alanyalilar's Han". Later when a new inn, the Kumarcilar Han (Gamblers' Inn) was built nearby in the 17th century, as a result of the comparison made by the public between the two Hans, it was referred to as the Buyuk Han (Big Inn or Great Inn). The Han is similar to all the other Hans which can be found in the city centres of various Anatolian cities, although the Buyuk Han is unusual in having two entrances.
  • Incredible historic atmosphere, nice place to have a rest while discovering Nicosia