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Selimiye Mosque

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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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Striking historical monument

This Catholic church was long ago converted into a mosque. It's a pity the colours of stained glass windows and pictorial depictions have gone. The effect is a severe white... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Nicosia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This Catholic church was long ago converted into a mosque. It's a pity the colours of stained glass windows and pictorial depictions have gone. The effect is a severe white interior - a kind of frozen deadness. Chilling, but we must admit that at least it still stands as a historical symbol of change. I am an atheist but it... More 

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Girona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had never been before inside a mosque and it was a very interesting visit, although this one is a converted former cathedral. Entrance is free and they let you take all the pictures you want. A great place to stay out of the sun while in the Turkish side of Nicosia and walk bare foot on a very comfortable... More 

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Ennis, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very impressive must see building if you are in the Turkish side of Nicosia. Found the building to be very peaceful. The history and story behing the building is worth reading up on. The original architect is the same as for the Notre Dame in Paris.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

a very nice gothic style catholic cathedral later on converted to a mosque by the ottomans , the architecture from outside is grand and superb with many details in it while the inside is less interresting, a must see while in nicosia.

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Kyrenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Cathedral was built by Lusignans in 1208-1326. Later on 2 minarets were added in Ottoman period and converted in to a mosque and named it Selimiye Camii. Nowadays its stil used as a mosque. A very nice gothic architecture.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you pass to the turkish part, you should visit the mosque and enjoy the interior, because form the outside you expect the gotic catholic church, except for two minarets, but from inside you can see how it was transformed to a mosque.

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Croatia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, this is building you must see if you are in Nicosia. On first sight it was clear that Selimiye Mosque was Roman Catholic cathedral converted into a mosque, still nice and stll interesting ... then, hmm .. so, as you come to the mosque from Ledra Crossing Point, you shuould go to the left if you want to find... More 

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Ninove, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Selimiye Mosque is situated in the Turkish part of the city. When you see it on first sight, you would be impressed of the beauty of the building itself. But, as you come closer, you can see this was once a cathedral. All the statues and decorations of it were taken of or demolished so the cathedral can be... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This splendid building has been transformed into a mosque, which has taken away some of the beauty of the old cathedral designed after French Gothic cathedrals, but the architecture and the view from the top are totally worth your attention. Don't miss the northern door, you can easily take some great shots. It will probably take you about 3-4 hours... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

From the Shakolas town one gets almost a 360 degree view of Nicosia. Binoculars are available at the desk. Peer over the Green Line into the Turkish quarter, and right across the Greek Cypriot sector. To the far distance one can see the Penatdactylos range. Hopefully the video speakers are working probably if you decide to view the documentary on... More 

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