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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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An interesting site

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Somma Lombardo, Italia
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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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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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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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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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