Selimiye MosqueCurrently Closed
- Address: Nicosia, Cyprus
- Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 am Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Architecture
Selimiye Mosque - Review
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
89.51% of people start their Selimiye Mosque visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Selimiye Mosque
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Selimiye Mosque, Nicosia Reviews
Impressive building. You can go inside (without your shoes) but it’s quite empty :)
Beautiful building.I chose not to go inside but you will be made welcome.
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.
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