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Buyuk Han, Nicosia

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • Visited in July when it was very hot, our guide gave us great info on the way the building was designed and you could imagine how it was. Lovely architecture  more »
  • Lovely building, nice food and a selection of local art available to view and buy. Quite often there are local jewelry and crafts  more »
  • Too bad the guide not so much told it was great lots of people sell their homemade goodies in Winkeltje's where finally something else as all souveniershopjes with all the same diameter. Needlework antique SOAP herbs really fun. it was authentic nice atmosphere
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  • 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 😁
  • A nice historical place. Best place to buy zvania the local homemade liqueur.
  • 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..
  • Well restored, interesting and nice range of craft shops within,nice place to relax , away from busy Lefkosa

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Where to stay in Nicosia

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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