Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia - Address

Address: Nicosia, Cyprus

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Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 am Details

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About Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia

Once the building was known as St. Sophia’s cathedral, but now, within the boundaries of the Turkish controlled portion of Nicosia, it’s the main mosque of the city. The building is the oldest surving Gothic church in the area, and what you see of the architecture today is only a shadow of what it used to be. There were once rich sculptural decorations, stained glass and frescoes and tombstones of Lusignian kings - all destroyed when the Ottomans took over, though they did add some slender minarets. Still, the massive flying buttresses are impressive, as are the large windows and the high naves, the Roman columns. The Islamic heritage of the building blended rather well with the Gothic part.

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