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Selimiye Mosque

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Address: Nicosia, Cyprus (Formerly St Sophia Cathedral)
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The best View of Nicosia.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not find this mosque very interesting. We were asked to leave as the afternoon prayers were starting. Someone had tried to steal shoes while we were here. It did not seem very interesting, just another mosque.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting to see how a 700-year-old cathedral was repurposed as a mosque. Remember that it is best to wear appropriate clothing. Women can borrow a wrap and a headscarf.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've never been inside a mosque this is a great one to visit. Dress very conservatively and leave your shoes outside.

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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In every religion there are places of worship, filled with wealth and richness. But the true advertizers for a religion are the simple places. Like this mosque. Simple and elegant, the focus on the function of the faith, not on the wealth of the faithful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably the 'must see' site in the Turkish part of Nicosia (Lefkosa). From the outside the architecture is quite stunning - it is an old cathedral converted to a mosque. We waited a couple of times to go in as it was prayer time, but when we eventually managed to go inside it was rather disappointing. Quite plain, and ten... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you get lost always arrange to meet out side front of Mosque,you can not miss it from anywhere in the city,the towers are so overwelming. This as all mosques in North are used by calling all faith full followers to prayer,through load speakers ,so respect this,you can enter when no prayers but take your shoes off before you enter,leave... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This mosque is a converted cathedral and is a lovely building. There are lots of lovely views around the outside of the mosque but the inside is not very ornate. I was hoping to see more Islamic decorations but it is rather plain. Worth a quick look if you are visiting Nicosia.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Worth a quick view of the exterior, but inside it doesn't seem to have anything particularly striking. Also, you might not be able to get a clean shot of the (former) church front doors and the current minarets, as there was a lot of obstacles in the way (e.g. electricity post).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We arrived just as a call to prayer went out. So we stayed outside in the heat and marvelled at the architecture which sadly seems to be not looked after. You can pay Euro 7 next door to see the whirling dervishes but we couldn't take the heat that long. Next time!

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