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Selimiye Mosque

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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Add this to your list of sights to see on a walking tour of the old city. Just remember that all decorations of the original building are for the most were long removed or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Add this to your list of sights to see on a walking tour of the old city. Just remember that all decorations of the original building are for the most were long removed or destroyed after the Turkish conversion to a mosque.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very unusual experience. Former gothic cathedral turned into a mosque. The ambience seems a bit tense. All (Christian) decorations have been removed from the outside and inside of the cathedral and is now actively used by muslims for prayer. Keep this in mind when your visiting. Respectfull clothing is necessary. But the experience is worth the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great little piece of history in the heart of town. Captured by muslim invaders and repurposed as a mosque. Highlight of the visit was an irate German lady blasting the imam because she refused to cover her head to walk inside. And fair enough too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The former cathedral was build in the 13th century and was converted by the Ottomans into a mosque in the 16th century. The architecture is amazing, although the structure was damaged several times by earth quakes over the centuries. Muslim, non-Muslim, you are welcome to walk in and enjoy the wonderful work of the art of the past. Take a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Very serene, quiet and nice architecture. I was there during the afternoon prayer and join the others to pray. Well maintained and clean.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If you choice to cross into the Turkish part of Cyprus ere are a number of historical buildings close together, including this mosque. It is very unusual as it was previously a Christian cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Amazing mosque built on an old christian church Hagia Sophia. Worth a visit. Women should dress up properly (there are long skirts and scarfs to borrow).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Interesting to see how the crosses have been torn down and minarets added to the former church tower. Big and silent place. visit recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Selimiye Mosque is a surprising gem. Built originally as the St Sophia Cathedral by the Lusignan Kings of Cyprus between 1208 and 1326, it was converted into Hagia Sophia Mosque when the island became a Turkish possession in 1570. At that time all the interior and most of the exterior decoration was removed and the walls whitewashed but the... More 

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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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Address: Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
Location: Europe  >  Cyprus  >  Nicosia District  >  Nicosia

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