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Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Famagusta
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Annecy, France
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful but...”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

... one wonders how the former St Nicolas cathedral (1300/1400), where the Lusignan kings were crowned Kings of Jerusalem, must have looked like before being converted into a mosk in 1571, at which time all sculptures outside and inside, glass windows and tombs were destroyed.... Still worth a visit, provided one takes one's shoes off. Next to no worshippers when we were there.

Visited May 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Mosque”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

What an amazing building. From one angle you expect it to be a ruined cathedral; the entrance could be one of many cathedrals built throughout Europe, and then you see the minaret....inside it was so simple yet beautiful. It felt so serene; one of the most serene buildings I have ever been in.

Famagusta is worth visiting for this alone. The strange mixture of Christian and Muslim architecture is so typical of the contrasts and style of much of Cyprus,

Sitting outside having a coffee in the square overlooking the building the sights of other buildings all around was amazing. We got approached by a guy doing a PHd in architecture at the local university conducting a survey as to whether the area should be a World Heritage Site; no question about it, it should be.

We got there about 10am, and it was pleasantly quiet and tranquil; i suspect late rin the day it gets much noisier and busier

Visited June 2013
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“mosque”
Reviewed 20 June 2013

was a beautiful building inside and out.a man came and spoke to us giving us some information.we had to pay a small donation.Our shoes had to be left at the door.

Visited May 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Mosque/Cathedral”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Situated in a beautiful historic square, the mosque/cathedral is a beautiful building on the outside.
Originally a stunning Lusignan Gothic cathedral, the proportions have been spoiled by the addition of minarets when the Ottomans converted the cathedral into a mosque in the 16th century.
Inside, all Christian references have been removed and replaced with the usual accoutrements of a mosque, leaving a bright, open, airy and peaceful interior devoid of worshippers even on a Friday, as is usual in N. Cyprus.

Visited May 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“What a shame”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

This must have been a beautiful cathedral in its time but still worth a visit clean public toilets just outside, we sat in the square outside for the childrens festival which was very good

Visited April 2013
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