Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

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  • August 17, 2017
    This mosque is walking distance from major attractions of Nicosia. This old structure could be seen from a distance due to its tall minaret.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The building, and other small buildings around it in the same style, were ABSOLUTELY amazing. I couldn't stop photographing everything, it was so beautiful. Previously a cathedral, it's in a sort of b...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    A magnificent mosque to discover through the maze of alleyways of the OldTown. The exterior architecture is very beautiful.
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  • May 14, 2017
    A must see. You get a very surreal understanding of the cultural clashes just by stepping into the mosque. It's an active place of worship so please be respectful and follow the posted rules.
  • April 7, 2017
    It is really a pity. Absolutely every man I met in this city and all over cyprus was nice and respectful and I love the people here and surely will come back in future. So do not get this wrong, but I recommend every woman not to visit this cathedral UNLESS you already wear a long skirt/jeans and a headscarf. The old man at the entrance gave me a skirt and I thought he wanted to help me, but he pulled up my skirt so he could see my bottom, which was not necessary and as if this was not enough he put the headscarf into my dress and by doing this he touched my breast inside my bra. I felt extremely uncomrtable and left. I am still shocked.
  • February 20, 2017
    The Selimiye mosque, originally the Roman Catholic cathedral of Ayia Sofia, is the oldest, and one of the finest examples of Gothic art in Cyprus, the work of the French masons who accompanied the Crusades. The monumental main door and the carved stone window above it are of particular interest. Construction began in 1209 during the reign of the Lusignan king Henry I, and lasted 150 years. There is evidence that it was built over the ruins of a much earlier Byzantine church called Hagia Sophia. It was consecrated in 1326 while still incomplete, and the blunt-roofed bell towers were never finished. Within its portals, Lusignan princes were crowned kings of Cyprus before proceeding to Famagusta for a second, essentially honorary, coronation as king of Jerusalem. When the Ottomans took the city in 1570, they destroyed the interior fittings, chopping up the pulpit and pews for firewood, and using the tombstones for flooring. Unfortunately, the more interesting tombstones are not usually visible as the floor is now covered with a large carpet. A pair of fifty metre high minarets were added to the incomplete bell towers, and an ablutions courtyard fountain with trefoil arched niches was constructed. As a mosque, the church was renamed the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a name which it retained till 1954 when it was renamed the Selimiye Mosque.
  • April 19, 2017
    Or St. Sofia, the building is still grand, and is still worth a visit, but do not go inside, that is disappointing, the interior has been ruined in the convertion to mosque.
  • October 5, 2016
    If it wasn't for the two minaret towers, you'd think you are about to enter a European cathedral. Yet there are clear indications of the true nature of this building: you must take your shoes off before entering, ladies must wear a head scarf etc. The building is beautiful both outside and inside, and a visit is highly recommended.

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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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