Famous Mosques in Nicosia (Self Guided), Nicosia

Nicosia is rich in beautifully designed mosques, each of them with its own fascinating history. Some of them were built from churches and monasteries and these remaining elements add a special charm. Nicosia’s multitude of mosques is an indispensable part of the city panorama. Take the following tour to discover the Muslim spirit reflected in the city’s mosques.
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Guide Name: Famous Mosques in Nicosia
Guide Location: Cyprus » Nicosia (See other walking tours in Nicosia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Arabahmet Mosque
  • Sarayonu Mosque
  • Turunçlu Fethiye Mosque
  • Iplik Pazari Mosque
  • Laleli Mosque
  • Yenicami Mosque
  • Selimiye Mosque
  • Omeriye Mosque
Arabahmet Mosque

1) Arabahmet Mosque (must see)

Arabahmet Mosque, located in the Turkish part of the Old Town of Nicosia, was built in honor of Ahmet Pasha, a famous Ottoman commander from the 16th century. Built on the former site of a Latin church, the mosque’s architecture is quite unique for this area. Designed in the Anatolian style, with domes on a square structure, since its construction its most significant renovation took place in 1845. It contains the tombs of several figures important to the history of Cyprus, a fountain and a number of beautiful exotic trees.
Sarayonu Mosque

2) Sarayonu Mosque

Sarayonu Mosque, built in 1824, is a popular site for local weddings. Constructed on the site of a beautiful Latin church from the Byzantine era, it was initially called Ordu Onu Mosque and was devastated by the earthquake of 1902. The following year, it was rebuilt and given the present name. It is a lovely picturesque Ottoman style structure with a minaret and arches.
Turunçlu Fethiye Mosque

3) Turunçlu Fethiye Mosque

Turunçlu Fethiye, established by Ottoman governor Seyit Mehmet Ağa in 1825, has a minaret with a balcony around it and the sign of the moon and star on top. Morning prayers are recited through a speaker on the balcony. It also contains a beautifully decorated wooden gallery reserved for Muslim women.
Iplik Pazari Mosque

4) Iplik Pazari Mosque

Iplik Pazari Mosque, also known as Iplik Bazaar Mosque, is a small structure built on the site of a once popular cotton market. Constructed in the 18th century, using the minaret from Haci Ahmet Aga Mosque, it was constructed of plastered sandstone. Its beautiful interior contains arches and detailed wooden adornments. It underwent major renovations in 1826 and 1899.
Laleli Mosque

5) Laleli Mosque

Laleli Mosque, built to replace a once grand medieval chapel, once had a splendid ornate Ottoman minaret and a tulip (laleli) made of lead. Because of its poor condition, the historic minaret was demolished and rebuilt. In 1828 Ali Ruhi created a fountain for this mosque, beautifully ornamented with bushes and trees.
Yenicami Mosque

6) Yenicami Mosque

Yenicami Mosque, which translates as "new mosque,” despite its name was constructed in 1571 to replace a 13th century Latin Gothic church. Like many mosques in Nicosia, it was built in the Ottoman Gothic style. Next to the structure are four tombs belonging to the family of the city’s first Ottoman judge. In 1979 the minaret was demolished and rebuilt.
Selimiye Mosque

7) Selimiye Mosque (must see)

Selimiye Mosque, or Agia Sofia Cathedral, is located in the Turkish controlled northern part of the walled city of Nicosia. It is the main mosque in the city. It is housed in the largest and oldest surviving gothic church in Cyprus (interior dimensions: 66 X 21 m) possibly constructed on the site of an earlier Byzantine church. The building belongs to the pure Gothic style of the beginning of the 12th century.

Due to the building’s large scale, lack of money and various historical events it took 150 years for the cathedral to be built and still, it was never entirely completed since the southwest tower and the portico’s upper floor were never constructed. The cathedral’s first construction phase began during the first years of Frankish rule (possibly in 1209) and already by 1228 the eastern part of the building was completed. By the end of the 13th century the side aisles and a large part of the middle aisle were completed.

The western wall’s three entrances are decorated with important examples of architectural sculpture. The main entrance’s frame bears impressive sculptures. Three of the four arches are decorated with reliefs depicting kings, prophets, apostles and bishops.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Omeriye Mosque

8) Omeriye Mosque (must see)

Omeriye Mosque is a unique mosque transformed from a Gothic style church in the Greek portion of Nicosia. Initially, in 1395, it was built as the Latin monastery of St. Mary of the Augustinians. In the 15th century a smaller Renaissance style building was attached, meant as a hospice for pilgrims, and was nearly destroyed during the Ottoman invasion. In 1571 the monastery was converted into a mosque and was named in honor of Omer, a Muslim prophet. Omeriye Mosque is a very important landmark in Nicosia, its 14th century main entrance being its most beautiful element.

Walking Tours in Nicosia, Cyprus

Create Your Own Walk in Nicosia

Create Your Own Walk in Nicosia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nicosia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nicosia Introduction Walking Tour

Nicosia Introduction Walking Tour

The divided capital of Cyprus, Nicosia is an ancient city replete with historic landmarks and numerous museums, offering visitors insight into the island's tumultuous past and present, as well as culture and traditions. Follow this orientation tour to discover these and other, more modern attractions of Nicosia.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour

Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour

Nicosia is home to a variety of museums and art galleries. The following tour highlights the city’s most important ones, reflecting Cyprus’ recent and distant past. Visitors will get the opportunity to see artifacts and art objects that paint an illustrious portrait of this ancient city’s history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Greek Old Town Tour

Greek Old Town Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Nicosia Shopping Tour

Nicosia Shopping Tour

Nicosia, being the capital of such an exotic country as Cyprus, couldn't be a better shopping spot for tourists. Offering a traditional Turkish market, folk art, crafts and fashionable shops and boutiques, Nicosia has something for everyone. Take the following tour to discover the best in Nicosia’s shopping.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Turkish Old Town Tour

Turkish Old Town Tour

The Turkish Part of Nicosia’s Old Town is fairly considered the historic part of the city. The following tour highlights the splendor of the city's history, including social and religious aspects. Some of its buildings date back as far as the 13th century. Discover Nicosia’s rich history and get some great photo opportunities in the Turkish section of the Old Town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles