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Reviewed April 23, 2019

I came for a walk and entered the mosque leaving my shoes with another load outside. I checked my feet were clean out of respect. Walking with bare feet on the luxurious carpet adding to the serenity of this place. I visited the Lala Mustafa mosque in Famagusta which was also a cathedral in early years. Some much history engulfs northern cyprus.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

The former cathedral of St Sophia in Nicosia, a splendid example of ornate Gothic architecture which dates from the 1200s, has been transformed into an equally impressive mosque, in regular use today.
It is a curious mixture of building styles, with its tall and elegant minarets soaring skywards, and heavily carved stone archways above the doors, such a familiar feature of medieval church architecture.
Inside it is whitewashed, light and airy, and the windows - presumably once adorned with stained glass - now boast delicate latticework stone screens.
The edifice is symbolic of Nicosia/Lefkosa's diverse historic character and certainly merits a visit if you are visiting the northern part of the city.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PatriciaG147
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

The outside is interesting but the inside has been ruined. There is not much more to say. Other mosques may be worthwhile visiting but not this one.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tebehem
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

Selimye Camii is a mosque situated in the north of Nicosia.
Here it was a Byzantine church, then a Catholic cathedral - St Sophia cathedral.
Now it's a beautiful mosque, which worth to be visited.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Gabriel A
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Reviewed March 26, 2019

Selimiye mosque is a grand mosque that is only 5 minutes walk from the Ledra street crossing point, passing through colourful and vibrant Arasta street of North Nicosia. Selimiye mosque has hundreds of years of history attached to it as it was a church which was converted into a mosque by the ottomans in 1570. Selimiye mosque with 2 minarets has a cleansing place for worshippers just after the main entrance and outside the main prayer hall.
Visitors who are non worshippers can go inside. As a place of worship, shoes are not allowed inside the main prayer hall and one should dress appropriately before going into the prayer hall, in line with religious practices. From the inside, the mosque is just beautiful with verses displayed on walls around it, its high ceilings with beautiful architecture and its huge space. There is a reception desk with information booklets and a lovely rose scent to try for free. Outside, just besides the mosque is Bedestan (for Turkish cultural performances), Arasta street(for restaurants, Turkish coffee & sweets, and other shops), a Turkish covered market (for handmade goods, spices, nuts, fruits and vegetables) and half way through Arasta street on the right is the famous Buyuk Han of the North Nicosia. Entry to Selimiye mosque at the time we visited (March 2019) was free.

Date of experience: March 2019
7  Thank Omer-Lavv
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