Kumarcilar Han (Gambler's Inn) is a caravansarai located in North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus. It is unknown when exactly it was built, however it is thought to be built around the end of the 17th century, is much smaller and modest when compared with Büyük Han (Great Inn). Similar to all caravansarai, the entrance leads to an open air courtyard, which is surrounded by a two storey building, originally containing 56 rooms. Those on the upper story were used by the travelers, while those on the ground floor were used for their animals and belongings. Since then, the Kumarcilar Han has entered into a state of disrepair, is in danger of collapse. Efforts to restore the building have been hampered, due to lack of funds.Arrange to visit Kumarcilar Hani and other attractions in Nicosia using our Nicosia trip itinerary app.
As at January 2018, the Kumarcilar Han has been fully restored, and is used as a cafe/restaurant, as well as small shops selling local items.
According to Haşmet Muzaffer Gürkan, the door of the caravenserai "indubitably" used to belong to a Latin building. A hypothesis about its name states that it was originally called "Kumbaracılar Hanı", after a subdivision of the Ottoman army, "kumbaracılar". It was recorded with different names at different times, in 1881, it was called "Kuchuk Khan" ("Small Inn") in a map and Rupert Gunnis wrote in 1936 that it was called the "Khan of Itinerant Musicians".
Kumarcilar Hani Reviews
Beautiful caravanseray, smaller and a bit newer than Buyuk Han. It is made on the spot of old Archirpuscopal palace. Similar to Buyuk Han, now it houses art shops, cafes and souvenirs. Must see place. more »
This place was an inn before it was restored. Now it is a place for selling local handicraft. You can also take coffee in this ancient building. more »
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