Selimiye Mosque reviews
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 »
Very strange construction. If you look at tho bottom, you expect to see a common church, but the towers are replaced by minarets. Very strange. If you take off your shoos, you can go inside. If you... 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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