Sinan Pasa Mosque, Famagusta

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  • The former Church of Sts Peter & Paul was transformed into a mosque after the capture of the city by the Turks in 1571. It is quite an interesting building architecturally, though it is closed to the ...  more »
  • Once again we visit an old Catholic Church, formerly the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which was converted into a mosque after the fall of the city. Is a fine example of Gothic architecture, had the weather ruined the beautiful frescoes.
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  • Even as a Christian we found this an interesting place to visit, steeped in history and in a pleasant location with cafés, restaurants nearby it is well worth a visit  more »
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  • As you head from the Land gate towards the Venetian Palace, you suddenly come across the magnificent flying buttresses of the Sinan Pasha Mosque. It was built around 1360, supposedly with a third of the profits of a single trading venture of one of Famagusta's wealthiest businessmen, Simon Nostrano. it is one of the largest of the Gothic cathedrals in Famagusta, and is similar in design to St George of the Greeks, which was built around the same time. Because of its massive height, the church walls had to be supported by flying buttresses, but perhaps shallow foundations, perhaps earthquakes meant that a further row of buttresses had to be constructed on the southern side in the 16th century, giving the church a unique appearance. Even now, if you look along the line of the wall, you can see it bowing outwards. During the British time, the mosque was used as a potato and grain store, leading to it being known locally as the "wheat mosque" (Bugday Cami). It was further used as a store for redundant council equipment. In 1934 it was a petrol store. By 1964 it had been converted into Famagusta's town hall and library. Records from 1968 has it as a cafe, bar and dance hall. It is currently closed pending renovation.
  • You won't manage to get in, but from the outside you can still surround it and enjoy the view
  • The building is closed but the outside is nice to see.
  • very nice design
  • I love places like this!

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Although Famagusta was once a bustling tourist destination, the city enjoys far fewer tourists today. The hotels that remain tend to be orientated towards luxury travel, offering on-site restaurants, swimming pools, and even a private section of beach. Vacation rentals are more plentiful and often a good value, particularly if you're traveling in a large group. However, they are frequently set in residential neighborhoods. To make the most of Famagusta's nightlife, opt for a place within walking distance of Salamis Road.
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