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“Disappointing inside, Picturesque Spot for a walk!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hala Sultan Tekke

Hala Sultan Tekke
Salt Lake, Larnaka City, Cyprus
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Ranked #16 of 58 things to do in Larnaka City
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“Disappointing inside, Picturesque Spot for a walk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Tekke is of great importance to the Islamic world but nowadays it is an ordinary tekke. It has a great view to the Salt Lake and some history behind it.

I have walked around the mosque and went around it several times in the past but between us, the beauty is outside in the round area. I don’t find the mosque as a building particularly spectacular. It is carpeted inside as it is in every mosque and a place for prayer for Moslem but there is not much information or somebody to guide a visitor inside, and it is disappointing.

However, it is pleasant enough to walk up to the mosque which is next to the Salt Lake. I visited it in January with the flamingos in the Lake, but honestly any time of the year you come here is beautiful. The picture varies depending on the time and season. I have taken some amazing photos in the past when it was cloudy and the lights from the city were reflected in the water.

Of course a visit here gives the visitor the opportunity to get a glimpse into a different culture but to be honest the place is kind of let down.

Now the story behind it, is that the mosque was built in 648 AD, on the spot where Umm Haram died when she fell off her mule, during one of the first Arab raids on the island.
According to tradition, she was related to the Prophet Mohammed.
It is said that it is now one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca, Median in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. The mosque was first renovated in 1816. The last renovations were in 2002.

In any case I find it a very interesting spot to visit, however the visitor should have in mind that the beauty of it is what you see on the outside.

I highly recommend a visit here no matter what season or time you come, -the place is still beautiful.

Visited January 2013
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Limassol, Cyprus
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“A Muslim Monument”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

All Muslims and history buffs should visit this one. Its a testament to the bipolar history of the island and its reach heritage. Indeed a very well preserved church that provides a unique experience next to the salt lake.

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Milan, Italy
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“The mosque reflected in the lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This mosque is really magic, being close to the salt lake of Larnaca where it reflects itself.
It is visible from the road that leads you to the wall, if you want to leave the car in one of the parking lots before the mosque, then you can also take a nice walk looking for some good landscapes to shot photos (the lake is frequented by flamingos in some periods of the year despite of the vicinity of the airport).
The mosque itself is a well preserved jewel, small but with a garden with palms where there are some tombs; the whole (lake + trees + mosque) forms in my opinion one of the most characteristic corners of Cyprus.

Visited April 2012
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Larnaca, Cyprus
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“A lovely combination of the mosque & the salt lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

It is a simple place with a lot of meaning. It is good to know the history about it to appreciate it. It is nice that a Christian country is taking very good care of a Muslim Mosque. The salt lake next to it adds up to the whole scenery.

Visited October 2012
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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is a holy place for Muslims, one of the most important in the world! Mohammed's aunt died there, after she fell from her horse. Tradition has it that the stone of her tomb is hanging from the air. Even if you are not Muslim or religious, you can have a great day out there, as it is located on a small island in the middle of a salt lake, populated by flamingos in the winter time, migrating to Cyprus due to mild weather. Also, surrounding this place is an interesting forest with nice pathways, where you can walk for pleasure. A very interesting and diverse place, you can spend half a day there, as you can enjoy the nature as well!

Visited April 2012
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