Selimiye MosqueCurrently Closed
- Address: Nicosia, Cyprus
- Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 am Details
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Architecture
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.
Selimiye Mosque Information
- Remove your shoes and leave them at the entrance.
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95% of people who visit Nicosia include Selimiye Mosque in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
89.5% of people start their Selimiye Mosque visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Selimiye Mosque
76.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Selimiye Mosque
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Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia Reviews
Impressive cathedral (St. Sophia) converted to the Mosque. If there is no service you can freely enter inside. But you might be a little disappointed because interior is quite empty.
Cathedral turned into a mosque. Free entry but they do have some restrictions on dress code for ladies, no short clothing and they require you cover your head with a hijab, which they provide before you go in. Everyone needs to take off their shoes. It is serene and you might find a few believers making their prayers.
One of 1000 sites at Cyprus you just have to visit.
Stunning building. Out of respect for local worshipers did not attempt to go in as not suitably dressed. Please respect dress code to save embarrassment or causing offence.
A must see. You get a very surreal understanding of the cultural clashes just by stepping into the mosque. It's an active place of worship so please be respectful and follow the posted rules.
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