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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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  • Absolutely stunning place which we wanted to see situated in the northern part of the city. We had to take a PCR and look for a pharmacy around the city to get through the border but it was...  more »
  • I took a deep breath when I entered this place, the architecture is absolutely stunning. There are a few exhibits explaining the history of the place. Full of shops selling, yes, tourist tat, but...  more »
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  • 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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