Tours to Selimiye Mosque
NORTHERN CYPRUS IN A NUTSHELL from Nicosia BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $135
Duration: 10 to 11 hours
Divided Capital NICOSIA BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $157
Duration: 180 to 190 minutes
Selimiye Mosque Reviews
We had passed over the border & decided to pay a visit and we are glad that we did. It once was Catholic but now a mosque and you can visit ( ladies please remember to dress appropriately - but there ... more »
I really enjoyed my trip here. I attended during prayer time and was able to enter, even as a woman. I covered my head and removed my shoes and sat in the area reserved for women and enjoyed the whole... more »
It might not be a place to spend all day in, but it certainly is a strange building. I have seen many churches and mosques around the world but I think this needs to have a category all of its own! When you first approach, the first thing you see is clearly the minarets but as soon as you see the main building which totally has the hallmarks of being a church, the nave, many classic arches and so on. Men and women tourists are allowed inside which is important to me. You just need to take your shoes off and some women might need to wear a shawl that is supplied if your clothing is a bit too revealing for their liking - nobody I saw needed one and .isn't were wearing shorts etc. Inside the mosque is even stranger where the altar is not really in use but off to the side is the main plate of pray, naturally pointing at Mecca which is a different alignment than the orientation of the building as intended for Christians. It's worth a wonder around just to get your bearings.
A great mosque, an example of different cultures passing through Cyprus. Built as a christian church it does not face Mecca, so it is reorganized and oriented with rugs and lines on the ground.
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