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Selimiye Mosque

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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Gothic Architecture externally added in the outer space the islamic architecture appers in the place for water taps. If you are welling to go inside the Masgid .. know that u... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mona A
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe as I'm belonging to the 1000 minaret country which is Egypt, I found the mosque (former saint Sophie church) is normal, nothing of big attention there. It's a church with a 2 huge Minaret to be turned into mosque, so it's not belongs to Islamic monuments type as in Egypt, which reflects the true Islamic Arts.

Thank Ahmed E
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will often hear Nicosia is a melting pot of cultures. This mosque stands up to that as it has elements from a variety of conquerors who once had control of the city. It was first built in the early 1200's as a Gothic church and is still today reminiscent of other Christian cathedrals in Europe. It was later destroyed... More 

Thank Henry A
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gothic Architecture externally added in the outer space the islamic architecture appers in the place for water taps. If you are welling to go inside the Masgid .. know that u will have to take off you shoes.. women show respect through covering there hair (the cover already exist if you don't want to bring veil with you)..or you can... More 

Thank Mona A
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awe inspiring place once a Cathedral now a Mosque. Huge open space you can wander around as you please . Suitable clothing is available as this is a place of worship. Loads of things to see around the mosque to.

Thank gora_justin
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17 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful buliding, an old cathedral looking very much like the one in Valencia, Spain. Rude entrance-staff telling the women to cover up. Inside ok, but you get a bad feeling when you see "the cage" that the women must be in during service. Religion at its worst.

Thank KelMP67
Limassol, Cyprus
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This site is a must when visiting Nicosia as it is the largest and oldest cathedral built in a gothic architecture. The exterior is really beautiful and a history buff and not only would enjoy it. I hope in the future it return to its original purpose, a Christian church!

Thank chrisorph
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This appears to be a historical Mosque/Church. A short walk from the Ledras Street crossing. The approach to the mosque is lined with many shops and restaurant and during the day, this part appears more vibrant than the Greek side of the Nicosia Old town. The building across the Mosque has a Whirling Dervish show at set times. Also the... More 

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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Since it was listed as a major attraction in Northern Cyprus, I was interested in seeing it. In terms of the architecture, there is nothing that makes Selimiye mosque stand out from other mosques in other Arab/ Muslim countries.

Thank Abir J
Brussels, Belgium
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716 reviews
407 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Don't expect anything grand. The interior is largely undecorated. The mihrab is not bad. Exterior more interesting.

Thank Jurgen B
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23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

If ever visiting the old city of Nicosia , make sure to visit this iconic mosque, it is honestly a beautiful piece of late french architecture the only thing to know is don't visit and the time of prayers as it can be busy and you will be charged to use the toilets if needed.

Thank Ahmet T

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