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Buyuk Han, Nicosia

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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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  • It’s Avery good example of a old Turkish inn, now with lots of shops and cafes. Very nice atmosphere. 
    It’s Avery good example of a old Turkish inn, now with lots of shops and cafes. Very nice atmosphere.  more »
  • I first visited this building 40 years ago and it was a run down wreck (see the photographs inside the Han) and it is fantastic to see what an excellent job was made of the refurbishment. Also the... 
    I first visited this building 40 years ago and it was a run down wreck (see the photographs inside the Han) and it is fantastic to see what an excellent job was made of the refurbishment. Also the...  more »

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