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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Worth a short visit.

This mosque is on the Turkish side of Nicosia, and well signposted if you are walking. However, it is nowhere near as impressive as the mosques in Turkey. So if you've seen the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This mosque is on the Turkish side of Nicosia, and well signposted if you are walking. However, it is nowhere near as impressive as the mosques in Turkey. So if you've seen the places of worship in Istanbul this might feel like a let down. It is nice enough and has historic significance. But it looks quite plain inside and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This is a place that must be visited in Nicosia. It is amazing how this gothic church turned into a Mosque. The place is peaceful and quite. The inner part of the mosque is surprisingly amazing. The two big minarets can be seen thorough Nicosia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The Cathedral now the Selimiye Mosque was built between 1209 and 1228 AD it was built over a previous building .These ancient ruins were discovered in 1976 on the south side. The church was damaged by earthquakes in 1491 and 1547 .When the Ottomans took the city in 1570 they converted the inside to a mosque known then as the... More 

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Tirana, Albania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Super intriguing how they took this old Gothic style church and made it into a Mosque. We were there during prayer so we could not go in but the outside was impressive and sparked a lot of questions regarding the history of Cyprus.

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Abuja
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been here, an old building, hundred of years back. A historical place to be. Within the old LEFKOSA, city centre

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It is astonishing to see how a cathedral has been converted into a mosque. The windows have been replaced with Middle Eastern "fretwork" decoration, and the inside is painted white. As Mecca is not in the same orientation as the Christian church everything is "sideways".

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It is worth to see such a historical asset. Next to the Mosque, you might have a chnce to watch Dervish rituel ceremonies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Originally built as a Catholic church, then converted into a mosque by Turkish, the mosque is a fantastic architecture that combines the best of the two.

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Hyde, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

A cathedral turned mosque - this is an absolutely stunning building built in a gothic style. It is well worth crossing the border at Ledra Street to visit this building. Unfortunately, there were prayers in progress at the time we arrived and so we were not able to go inside, but just walking around the outside and gazing upon the... More 

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Bucharest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Incredible image of a Gothic cathedral turned into a mosque. White walls, Coran inscriptions, prayer places, shoes at the front steps...a twist of emotions, very interesting to see. I think it's probably the most powerful moment I experienced in North Nicosia, the moment I realized how everything around us is nothing more than a projection of what we choose to... More 

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