Buyuk Han

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  • Address: Asmaaltı Sk, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Timings: 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture

The name literally translates into Great Inn. The building is one of the most important bits of Ottoman architecture in Cyprus. For most of its history it was a caravanserai, but when the British took over in the latter 19th century, it was temporarily used as a prison. 1893 onwards it was once again used as a residence for the poor and underprivileged. It took a lot of damage over the next century, but a restoration project beginning in 1992 and taking 10 years finally opened the place to visitors. Now there are number of cafes and restaurants and shops serving up a lot of traditional dishes and handicrafts to visitors; it’s like a mini-souk only more civilised. Sometimes there is local theatre and dance too; this is the folk heart of Nicosia.

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  • Buyuk Han Address: Asmaaltı Sk, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Buyuk Han Timing: 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Buyuk Han Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Buyuk Han(preferred time): 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Buyuk Han: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 90.22% of people who visit Nicosia include Buyuk Han in their plan

  • 90.72% of people start their Buyuk Han visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Buyuk Han

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

64.95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Buyuk Han

People normally club together Byzantine Museum and Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum while planning their visit to Buyuk Han.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • I love hanging out here! It was the first place we were introduced to when we arrived on Cyprus. I met and talked with several sweet ladies running their shops. They have wonderful "hand-made" items for sale. I also had a very yummy (good) lunch. It has so much history that if you're lucky, people will share with you or you can read and see pictures. It's a must see!

  • Restored Ottoman building housing lots of craft shops. With photos of before and after restoration. Plenty to look at. Food and drink stalls as well. Crafts reasonably priced with some owners demonstrating their craft. Lace and bead jewellery with earnings under five euros. Worth a visit just to see the building.

  • Interesting place with a good dose of history. You wouldn't make this a place of destination hence the 4 not 5 stars but as a port of call on a tour or a walk around the city it's a great place to pay a visit, soak up the history and have a drink or a bite to eat. Brief history - built by the Ottoman empire over 500 years ago as a place for traders to not only trade from but to seek safe and secure shelter on a night.

  • Lovely piece of history, hidden away in the centre of the town. The food was lovely and people were very friendly.

  • We decided to have a rest, so we decided to sit and have a snack and a beer, we waited 15 minutes before we had to beckon a member of staff to come with a menu and for us to place an order .. poor service couldn't care less type of attitude ... I think this could be down to poor wages..!!

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