Friday, June 13, 2014

Selimiye Mosque

The Selimiye Mosque (also known as the Agia Sofia Cathedral) is located in the city of Northern Nicosia, within the Nicosia district of Northern Cyprus.
 



This mosque is the largest and oldest surviving Gothic building in Cyprus, and it was constructed on the site of an earlier Byzantine church.  The first construction phase began as a church during Frankish rule, possibly in 1209.

In 1570, during the Ottoman rule of Nicosia, the Agia Sofia Cathedral was turned to a mosque.  In 1954, this site was renamed the Selimye Mosque in honor of Selim II, who ruled at the time of the Ottoman conquest in Cyprus.

Today, it's considered the main mosque in Northern Nicosia.
 


The Selimiye Mosque is one of several sites to visit, while exploring the city of Northern Nicosia.


Site: Selimiye Mosque. 

Category: Church and Landmark. 

Location: The city of Northern Nicosia, within the Nicosia district of Northern Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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