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Selimiye Mosque

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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Interesting historical site

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Tirana, Albania
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Tirana, Albania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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UK
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Active mosque so haven't actually entered but all the area surrounding Selimiye is lovely. There's a covered market nearby for food and trinkets, the long shopping road which continues over the border (you can walk across here if you have your passport) and the road then turns into a very European shopping street. There is an excellent restaurant nearby called... More 

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Orebro, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The frankish Cathedral of St Sophia was built in 1209-1347 as the capital city Church of Nikosia. It was built in Gothic style on the ruins of earlier Bysantine church called Agia Sofia, 4 columns in the middle frontpart of the Cathedral were moved here from ancient ruins of Salamis, see pictures attached. The Lusignan princes were crowned Kings of... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Very interesting building. Used to be a church. Locals always available to explain about the building

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