Selimiye Mosque

This ancient church is the chief mosque in the northern state of Turkish occupied Cyprus, and the great festivals of Bayram and other Moslem gatherings are conducted here.

It was formerly the cathedral of St. Sophia which was built in the period 1209 A.D. to 1228, over the ruins of a previous building. Only recently, in 1976, have the ruins of the ancient building before 1200 A.D. been discovered, on the southern side. In style of architecture, St. Sophia resembles the famous mediaeval cathedrals of France.
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Nicosia. Cyprus 2008
Photographer:
Stephen Mc Donald