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Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

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  • On the Turkish side we wanted to visit this mosque, but unfortunatelly it’s closed because of renovation. We would like to come back after reopening it. Originally it was built aa a Gothic church... 
    On the Turkish side we wanted to visit this mosque, but unfortunatelly it’s closed because of renovation. We would like to come back after reopening it. Originally it was built aa a Gothic church...  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • The 3* go for the amazing architecture of this church dedicated originally to SAINT SOFIA. It’s a mixture of Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance architecture with beautifully arched domes giving it its gothic looks. After the Ottomans conquered Nicosia, as they wanted to erase everything Christian and Greek in the city, they turned the Byzantine church into a mosque. Unfortunately the Ottomans grotesquely cut off the crosses, removing and destroying all Christian ornaments and anything that gave away its true identity. Shame for that.
  • At first glance I taught it was a church but upon entering, that was when I realized it was a masjid. İt has this rear architecture design of the ancient Greek. İt's worthwhile to pay a visit there.

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