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Bedestan Church and Mosque

Arasta, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Church to Mosque conversion. Worth seeing what is retained as having value from one group to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
cc1Canada
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canada
Chapel turned into cathedral turned into dervishes' venue

Formerly St Nicholas church. Fine decorative elements around the doors, etc. To be admired even if... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
kattullus
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“sect” (3 reviews)
“rumi” (3 reviews)
“meditation” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Arasta, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Church to Mosque conversion. Worth seeing what is retained as having value from one group to another. Worth checking out the craftsmanship of the stone masons and how the external form remains pretty much intact. Very relaxed and quiet inside and a place you can...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Formerly St Nicholas church. Fine decorative elements around the doors, etc. To be admired even if you don't attend the whirling dervishes performance.

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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

You can visit the church, where the Whirling Dervish Performance happens! It is a beautiful construction and very easy to visit!

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Reviewed December 9, 2017

Fascinating to watch the whirling dervishes of the Sufi sect of Islam going through their meditation ritual in the charismatic gowns. Followed by a brief conversation about the mystic poetry of Maulvi Jalaluddin Rumi

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

A beautiful conserved building, with performances by the dervishes for 7euros per person at 12, 2 and 5pm daily except sunday.

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

This was an interesting experience. Meditative music and spinning young men performing this ritual dance.Forth of seeing.

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Reviewed September 30, 2017

This attraction is now out of date on TripAdvisor as it is now only a church and hasn't been a mosque for some time. The mosque is next door and is called Selimiye. Once again the materials used in building this church were sandstone and...More

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Reviewed September 17, 2017

Managed to get out timings right this time and managed to see the Whirling Dervishes. 2 male dancers performing their ritual meditation program. They observe the rituals first by saluting the red fur post representing their founder Hz Mevlana Caladeein Rumi Bn 1207. This is...More

Thank Lyall D
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Reviewed May 13, 2017

The architecture and details on the walls by the main entrance reminded me of Kolner Dom. Quite a piece of art. Feels strange to see it near a mosque, but well... history happens.

Thank oanavladOV
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

Around thousand years old building was church turned into Mosque (Bedestan). Amazing architecture, grandiose structure. Beautiful mix of Byzantine and Gothic style, opposite to high minarets. It looks amazing with the background of the clear blue skies. It was closed for prayers, so I could...More

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