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Selimiye Mosque

Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Ranked #4 of 54 Attractions in Nicosia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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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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28 helpful votes 28 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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The mosque and its courtyard reflects the beauty of the French architecture of the Middle Ages. A well preserved building. If you happen to be in Nicosia, remember most of the historical sites are in the North. After this St. Sophia Cathedral or Selimiye Mosque in today's name, please allow some time in this quarter of the old city as... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Under Venetian rule this was originally a Christian church. After the Ottomans conquered Cyprus in the 1570's it was turned into a Mosque. So the elaborate Christian decorations were removed. This has left a massive peaceful chamber. An unusual feature is that the carpet is laid diagonally so that it faces Mecca. A good place to retreat from the bustle... More 

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