Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Famagusta

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The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (Greek: Τέμενος Λαλά Μουσταφά Πασά Temenos Lalá Moustaphá Pasá, Turkish: Lala Mustafa Paşa Camii), originally known as the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and later as the Saint Sophia (Ayasofya) Mosque of Mağusa, is the largest medieval building in Famagusta, Cyprus. Built between 1298 and c. 1400, it was consecrated as a Catholic cathedral in 1328. The cathedral was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman Empire captured Famagusta in 1571 and it remains a mosque to this day. From 1954 the building has taken its name from Lala Mustafa Pasha, the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from Sokolovići in Bosnia, who served Murat III and led Ottoman forces against the Venetians in Cyprus.

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  • This is an enormous, beautiful building which dominates the centre of the Old Town. Once a church, it was converted into a mosque.  more »
  • We visited this place many times. You can see this building was a Christian monastery but later it was converted to a mosque. On the left side of this building you can find an 800 year old tree..  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral turned mosque (after the ottoman conquest ca. 16th C) has the stained glass and other original features. Well worth the visit
  • Gothic cathedral beautiful in its stature. Is now a mosque but the facade is very much the look of a cathedral. Well worth a visit if you are in famagusta old town.

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