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Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

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  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, one of the sights in the Cathedral in 1571 from 1326 to the mosque the translated works.
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  • The Muslims seem to have no problems in transforming a former Roman Catholic cathedral to a mosque. Worth a visit, but strange to see Muslims praying in a Catholic Church.
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  • we crossed to the turkish side to see this mosque, previously a medievel cathedral built buy the franks.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful old cathedral that now is a mosque. Very much worth a visit, but sadly there was no information signs or material (as far as I could see) which limits the experience a bit.