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Buyuk Han, Nicosia

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
An old Ottoman roadside inn, Buyuk Han has a mosque in its courtyard, and several art galleries within its walls. Built in 1572, it served as a prison during the British colonization era, and became a hostel for the poor in 1893. The complex stands two stories tall, and has 68 rooms and 10 shops. You'll see a mosque at the center of the courtyard, erected on marble piers. Browse through quaint shops all around the site, which sell spices, sweets, and souvenirs. Check out some of the restaurants and cafes, which have been built to fit in with the traditional feel of the place. Use our Nicosia online trip itinerary maker to visit Buyuk Han on your trip to Nicosia, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I love buyuk han because it’s beautiful and full of history of our world.Very old building dependent to ottomans. Now it’s touristic leisure and shopping area. I advise you to visit Tekman Art Shop...  more »
  • It is best to visit early in the morning when the tourist streams are not yet there. Unfortunately we were at noon. Absolutely worth a trip, very impressive building with souvenir shops and cafes...  more »
  • This is a beautifully preserved piece of Cypriot and Turkish history. The shops are fun and filled with stunning displays of local talent. It's an incredible place to visit, and it should definitely be on your MUST VISIT list.
  • This is a really beautiful place in Nicosia! The most beautiful part of it! You can walk around - there are many handicrafts and some restaurants. Here, you can feel the turkish atmosphere.

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