Djami Kebir Mosque, Larnaca
The Djami Kebir Mosque
Buyuk Cami or Cami Kebir all of these names are for the same mosque, in the very centre of Larnaca, opposite of the medieval fort and not very far from the Lazarus-church. This mosque is an active mosque and so I did not go inside, I also read in other tips on VT,that the interior is quite simple.
This mosque dates back to the 16th century and once it used to be a christian church. In November 2010 it was under restauration.
In front of the mosque there are some interesting tomb-stones, see them in my last 2 photos.
The Grand Mosque of Larnaca town is called Djami Kebir Mosque and it was built in the 16th century - but it has other alternate names, Buyuk Cami and Cami Kebir. Originally it was a church, though it's hard to tell from its architecture.
It is a functioning mosque, still used by muslim residents. When I visited Larnaca in October 2007 it was being restored - yet it had not closed - and prayers were taking place while builders were at work. I manage to take a look inside... it is a simple mosque with very little decorations. it's definitely nicer outside than inside.
In the old district in Larnaca there are narrow streets with charming buildings. Some areas were Turkish and still have their Turkish names, and there is a mosque. Walking around you see different designs of building and sometimes old and new are in juxtaposition.
Djami Kebir Mosque was built in the 16th Century, It is now called the Grand Mosque of Larnica & is still used by Cypriot Muslims today.