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Selimiye Mosque

Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Ranked #7 of 57 Attractions in Nicosia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Yesilirmak, North Cyprus
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

From the outside this building is an exquisite example of Gothic architecture, and its massive. I've walked around the building many times, and at night it is very prettily lit up and an attractive backdrop to the popular restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. From this angle, I score the Cathedral a 5. However, today I made the mistake of... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Selimiye Mosque can easily be visited by non-Muslims and is a good and rewarding experience. It is located in Northern Nicosia near the Green Line dividing the City. One can arrive their easily from S. Nicosia - the larger Greek side -- via the no-hassle checkpoint on Ledra Street. In front of the mosque note the ablution fountain in... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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70 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Not far from the South Nicosia Lidras Street Border Crossing you can easily see this attraction as the twin 50m high minarets are hard to miss. Originally erected by the Lusignan Kings from 1208 to 1326 this is the oldest and finest example of Gothic architecture in Cyprus. Formally called the Cathedral of St. Sophia it was once regarded as... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It is well worth slipping off your shoes and entering this peaceful mosque to think, however briefly, of higher things than the surrounding busy bazaar - I haven't been in many mosques but this had a beautiful elegance and an impressive scale.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

At home we live next to a medieval gothic cathedral, and here is one that looks like it but is a mosque since 500 years, and is just as peaceful, ore more. Go in and enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A big church stripped of any interesting artefacts and turned into a plain mosque, of which there are far more interesting ones elsewhere

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Newcastle, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Selimiye Mosque is located in the Turkish-controlled northern part of Nicosia and was formerly the Cathédrale Sainte Sophie. We really enjoyed the northern half of Nicosia and this is the one of the most impressive buildings in this part of the city. The building is the largest and oldest surviving gothic church in Cyprus, it was converted to a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

The stunning architecture, inside and out, of this gothic building is hard to describe. I fell in love with the ceilings, arches, entrance ways - you name it, I took photos of it! You can go inside and there are scarves for women to use to cover up as needed. It's worth going in, very quiet and you can walk... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Santa Sophia Cathedral, Nicosia. The medieval, gothic cathedral of Santa Sophia in Nicosia (Lefkosia), in Turkish or ‘northern Cyprus’ is an amazing relic of the bygone age of the crusaders on Cyprus. It’s all the more interesting that it has been a mosque for over four hundred years, as it still is today. It’s the centerpiece of many interesting historical... More

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Selimiye Mosque is the main mosque in North Cyprus. It's the largest and the longest surviving gothic church in Nicosia. The master piece from the 12th century took 150 years for the church to be built. During the Ottoman regime it was converted into a mosque. You'll need to take your shoes off to get into the mosque.

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