Friday, June 13, 2014

Buyuk Han

The Buyuk Han (also known as the Great Khan and the Big Inn) is located in the city of Northern Nicosia, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.

It's considered one of the most important and interesting Ottoman buildings in Cyprus.

In 1572, the Buyuk Han was built as a caravanserai, which is the name of an inn with a large enough courtyard to provide accommodations for caravans in Middle Eastern countries.

The 68 rooms that are divided between two floors surround an inner courtyard.  The ground floor rooms were once utilized as shops and stables, while the upper rooms served as sleeping quarters for the travelers and merchants.

Later, under British rule, the Buyuk Han transformed into the first city prison in Nicosia.  In 1893, this building became a hostel.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Buyuk Han was restored and now serves as the Cyprus Handicrafts and Cultural Center.  The upper and lower rooms are souvenir shops, art galleries, cafes, etc. 

The Buyuk Han is a lovely site to shop and visit a cafe, while exploring the city of Northern Nicosia.

Site: Buyuk Han. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Shopping. 

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

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday to Friday.  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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