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  • Antiques shop by the Selimiye Mosque.
    Antiques shop by the Selimiye Mosque.
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  • The Konak
    The Konak
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  • Kyrenia Gate in Nicosia (Turkish side)
    Kyrenia Gate in Nicosia (Turkish side)
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Ayia Sophia Things to Do

  • Antiques shop

    There is an Antiques shop by the Selimiye Mosque. Prices are reasonable and various of antiques are real eyecatcher. I do like to visit this sort of shops when i go to a foreign country. Gives a lot of clues about their lifestyle and social culture.

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  • The outside of Ayia Sophia

    Ayia Sophia is a Greek name implying that the cathedral is actually in the Greek South, however this building is actually in the Turkish North. These days the cathedral is a mosque called Selimiye Camii.With a name like Ayia Sophia, it is easy to imagine that the cathedral was originally a Greek Orthodox cathedral, but when it was first built, it...

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  • The Cathedral of Ayia Sophia

    See my Ayia Sophia page for more details, but Ayia Sophia IS the old cathedral in the Turkish part of Nicosia. As such, it would be impossible not to make the cathedral a must see of Ayia Sophia. These days the cathedral is a mosque called Selimiye Camii.The picture shows the inside of Ayia Sophia as it was in the very early 1990's which was the...

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Ayia Sophia Restaurants

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    Bandabuliya

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 10, 2006

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    Bandabuliya is a complex of rests n bars. Located at the heart of Lefkosha near Selimiye Mosque-St.Sophia. Good food, live music and much more. i liked that place

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Ayia Sophia Nightlife

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    The Konak

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 10, 2006

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    It s anice old stone building named The Konak. It is vey close to Selimiye Mosque and located at the heart of the city. Nice music too

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Ayia Sophia Shopping

  • BUYUK HAN-(Great Inn)

    Buyuk Han is not in Selimiye Mosque-St. Sophia but its very close to this place. Buyuk Han (Great Inn) was built in 1572 by the first Ottoman governor of Cyprus. Its architecture is similar to numerous hans(inns) encountered in Anatolia (Turkey): a courtyard surrounded with rooms arranged on two floors. The lower rooms were used as shops, storage...

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  • Indoor market in North Nicosia

    The Bedestan is an indoor market, and it is nice to wander around in without actually having to buy anything. There are all sorts of nick-nacks for sale and the whole place has an atmosphere to it. Window shopping is probably the most interesting part to it! Relatively cheap, and don't forget to haggle.

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Ayia Sophia Warnings and Dangers

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    by easyoar Written Sep 22, 2004

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    Cyprus is a divided country and has a history of trouble between the two ethnic groups. Unless you know people well, it is better to steer well clear of political discussions as it can raise temperatures very quickly.

    Generally however the Cypriots are very welcoming and hospitable and you will enjoy your stay in their country.

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Ayia Sophia What to Pack

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    by Arkeolog Written Apr 10, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Former St. Sophia using as a mosque named Selimiye Mosque. When you visit mosques please mind your clothes. Shorts and mini skirts may not allowed through mosque. During the praying times make sure your camera's flash switched off and also your mobile phone.

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Ayia Sophia Off The Beaten Path

  • Kyrenia

    Kyrenia is a staggering beautiful town on the North Coast of Cyprus. It also a more Mediterranian feel than any other part of the island. Kyrenia is decidely quaint, and has none of the hustle and bustle or larger towns or cities. You won't find a traffic-jam here!The attached picture shows me standing on top of Kyrenia Castle with the classic view...

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  • Nicosia

    As most people know, Cyprus is a divided island. The Turks live in the North, the Greeks live in the South, and the UN peacekeepers live inbetween them in an area known as the Green Line. The South is also known as the Republic of Cyprus, and is recognised around the world. The North is also known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC),...

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  • Bellapais

    Bellapais is a charming little village on the edge of a mountain, that is built around what is now a ruined abbey. This village was made famous by lawrence Durrell (brother of the more famous Gerald Durrell) who lived here in the 1950's when Cyprus was experiencing a lot of internal turmoil as relationships between the Greeks/Turks/British boiled...

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    Selimiye Mosque-St.Sophia

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The building looks beautiful by night. Gothic architecture and Ottoman minarets look very good under the moonlight. In summertime you can feel a warm mediterranean breeze. I like this place.

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