Thursday, 9 July 2015

Mosques Of Nicosia

With Cyprus now divided - Greeks to the South, Turks in the North - many of the mosques on the Greek side have now been abandoned. In Nicosia, there's still a functioning Mosque on the Greek side as well as a large mosque in the Turkish half.

The main mosque in Greek Nicosia, Omeriye.



Wandering to the Turkish side, the main place of worship is the Selimiye mosque. The present mosque was originally built as a gothic cathedral, started in 1209. Once the Ottomans took over, Saint Sophia became a mosque in 1570.

Mosque on the outside.

Plenty of Gothic touches still apparent on the inside.

Splashes of color.

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