Create an itinerary including Selimiye Mosque
Tours to Selimiye Mosque
$40 BOOK WITH VIATOR 1 Hour: Tour of The Instagrammable Places of Nicosia with a Local
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
$357 BOOK WITH VIATOR A day trip to the heart of lacework LEFKARA VILLAGE and NICOSIA
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Selimiye Mosque reviews
Impressive mosque. Due to whichever power was dominating at the time, it was common in the area for Christian churches to be converted into Muslim mosques - or vice versa. In fact this used to be a.... more »
This used to be the Roman Catholic cathedral - St Sophia Cathedral. It was converted during the Ottomon takeover to a Mosque but, interestingly, they retained a lot of the christian features, such... 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.
Plan your trip to Nicosia
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Nicosia
Hidden gems in Nicosia
Museums in Nicosia
Side trips from Nicosia
Historic Sites in Nicosia
Trips to Selimiye Mosque by other users
25 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM CYPRUS Kyrenia Pedoulas Paphos 3 days in Larnaka District BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Larnaca 23 days in New York City, Manchester & Larnaca BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES New York City Manchester Larnaca 8 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM CROATIA Larnaca Paphos Kyrenia 14 days in Cyprus BY A USER FROM BELGIUM Paphos Nicosia Ayia Napa 8 days in Larnaca BY A USER FROM EGYPT Byzantine Museum Kato Paphos Archaeological Park Paphos Ethnographic Museum