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Selimiye Mosque

Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Ranked #7 of 56 Attractions in Nicosia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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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
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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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Auckland
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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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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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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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GREECE&CYPRUS
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This used to be a Cathedral, that got turned into a mosque in 1570s. It's one of the best preserved buildings, as it still serves Muslim prayers actively. The Selimiye Mosque is an architectural masterpiece with a mixture of its old Christian roots and now an Islamic belonging. The building is noted as being the largest and the finest temple,... More

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Polis, Cyprus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Although converted by the Ottomans and therefore a mosque for centuries, it is still strange to see what was once a beautiful Orthodox building now used as a mosque.

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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

actually was very curious to get to the Turkish part of Nicosia and see how it looked like "on the other side". the visit was worth an experience, it is a Catholic cathedral literally recycled into a mosque. don't get often to see mosques so cannot tell if it is an ordinary one or not but the feeling to be... More

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The Selimiye Mosque is an architectural masterpiece with a mixture of its old Christian roots and its now Islamic belonging. You can go inside providing you remove your shoes, although women should have their shoulders covered. Near the Mosque are many crafts and souvenir shops too. You can also find bathroom and washing facilities here.

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