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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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TripAdvisor
  • Easily accessible with lots of history behind the building, coupled with vendors selling local crafts. Visit some of the other sites around the Buyuk Han to get a comprehensive picture of the history ...  more »
  • A beautiful place in the center of Nicossia, to visit, to drink coffee and to eat some food, Also you can find old books, souvenir, traditional stuff. So it gives you what you expect from a carvansara...  more »
  • This is well worth a visit. Very interesting history but now also full of arts and crafts and a place for quiet refreshment  more »
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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