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“Don't miss it if you're in Nicosia”
Review of Selimiye Mosque

Selimiye Mosque
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US$597.09*
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Ranked #4 of 260 things to do in Nicosia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 January 2014

The Selimiye Mosque is a beautiful combination of islamic and gothic architecture, a building that faces the historical changes who can tell you the stories of the Lusignans and of the Ottomans. The building is very big and imposing, like any other gothic cathedral in Europe, but the inedit fact is that inside is a mosque, with no paintings on the walls and without statue, thing that gives to this building an unique charm.

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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We visited the Mosque while we were in Nicosia. It was a strange experience. You get the feeling of the cathedral from the outside but inside it is very much a Mosque. I suspect many religious art works have been covered up in the conversion as it was obviously a lovely cathedral before it became a Mosque. However it is a nice space and very peaceful. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 11 December 2013

This was originally a cathedral, st. Sophia. The cathedral was built in a gothic style between 1208 & 1326! Coronations of Lusignan Kings was held in this church as it used to be the most important church in Cyprus. Several Lusignan Kings and nobles are buried here with marble gravestones forming the floor. The writing and pictures on the gravestones are well preserved as they remain under the mats and rugs as it is now used as a mosque.
There is no fee but a request for a charitable donation to enter.

1  Thank Angela H
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

It's just another mosque with nothing to see. It's like, you see one you saw all. And you can loss you shoes since you have to take them off.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

An old impressive cathedral that has now be transformed in a mosque. Still the exterior of the building is very impressive and you will admire the architecture but the interior has nothing to do what it had to be 500 years ago. It is stripped from everything and now remains empty with a white wall and a carpet on the floor. If you want to visit the interior you have to take off your shoes and the entrance is free, but there is nothing really to see there, unless you are muslim and you want to pray. It is far more interesting to walk around the building and admire its Gothic style.

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