This is a special church in Nicosia. There is a miracle attached to the church which is interesting reading. For an explanation go to the web site mentioned here, (so I am not accused of cutting and pasting.)
No photography is allowed in the church unfortunatly.
Well worth a visit though
The Churches in Nicosia (on both sides of the border,) are wonderful
If you like religious type art definatly visit the as the examples here are superb.
The photo's are an example of one church (sorry I forget it's name)
This church was witness to two acts of resistance against the Ottoman occupation, one real and one legendary. Firstly, after the Ottomans first occupied Cyprus in the 16th century, they tried to convert it into a mosque, but failed. Legend has it that every imam that tried to take up office was killed, so they gave up. Secondly, in 1821 an uprising was planned but uncovered, and the Archbishop and his staff were executed for their part in it. Their remains are buried in the mausoleum outside.
Another important gothic church besides St. Sophia is St. Catherine Church(HaydarPasha Mosque). Described by some researchers as Cyprus’ most elegant gothic structure, this church was built in the 14th Century. The church has three different entrances. The southern entrance was fashioned according to gothic style and decorated with royal coats of arms. The western entrance was designed on a grander scale and there are stone reliefs above the door. The northern entrance is plainer than the other two. The gothic figure of a woman carved into the stone can still be seen in the doors archway.
The Holy cross church is a catholic church right next to the buffer zone of the city, next to Paphos gate. The church dates back to 1900 and the Friary beside it to 1959. Despite its young age, this church has seen many events, in particular the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus, that happened really on its doorsteps... and that, with the creation of the buffer zone, left the church without a door which could be passable. The door that you see it now were opened in 1996, so as to render the church accessible again. A Grotto of Lourdes was then added under the trees.
One of the most impressive of the many churches in south Nicosia is the Panagia Phaneromeni Church, a Greek ortodox church. It's a 19th century church that was built where a nunnery once stood, the Panayia (Virgin Mary) Phanoromeni nunnery.
This church is particularly beautiful inside; its 1659 iconostasis is very richly decorated and well-worth visiting. You won't see here the original icon of the Holy Virgin which gave the name to the church. If you are interested in it, you should head to the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios Cultural Centre.
Built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos and dedicated to Saint John the Theologian, this cathedral
is famed for its iconostasis of gold-leaf covered wood and majestic double-headed eagles.
Monday to Friday: 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm;
Saturday: 8am to 12pm and during mass
This church is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It is the most beautiful of the old town’s surviving medieval churches.
On the south side, a glassed porch protects a pair of Gothic-arched windows. Over the door between, a 14th Century relief shows two lions being subdued by a being sprouting from leafy tracery, clutching hoops; to either side, mermaids and sea monsters gambol. Inside, the brown sandstone masonry has been left unpainted, as has the fine wooden yinaikontis - indeed the whole interior is relatively restrained for a Cypriot Church.
On the south side of the Selimiye is a Greek church built in the Byzantine and mediaeval styles. It is called the Bedestan meaning covered market. It is one of the musts to see because of its religious combinations all over the area.
The St. Catherine church was built in the fourteenth century and converted into a mosque after the Ottomans arrived. Long, narrow Gothic windows are placed between the pedestals which get narrower as they approach the ceiling. The top parts of the windows are ornamented with geometic designs.
Haydarpasa Mosque is nowadays used mainly for art exhibits and cocktail receptions.
See my Ayia Sophia page for more details. Ayia Sophia (meaning Saint Sophia) is an old cathedral in the Turkish part of Nicosia. These days the cathedral is now 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 first time I went there. The colourful walls depicting people have been whitewashed to make it more in line with how the internals of a mosque should be. The picture also shows the flag for the Turkish part of Cyprus, which is virtually an inverse of the Turkish flag, plus two red horizontal bars. Unlike a church, there are no seats or benches - just empty floor space, which makes mosques feel more spacious.
Ayia Sophia is a Greek name, and this building is 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 was actually Roman Catholic.
Building work on the church started in 1209, and took almost 150 years to complete. It is thought to be one of the best examples of Gothic Art in Cyprus. The minarets were added around 1570 when the Ottomans conquered Nicosia.
This mosque has a sound broadcasting system to alert the faithful to pray. I have spent quite a bit of time in the South of Nicosia, and it can wake you up in the morning with the call to prayers!
Ayios Ioannis (meaning Saint John's) is the official cathedral of Nicosia. It is actually quite small, and is certainly not the largest church in Nicosia, but I suppose it is the official cathedral for traditional reasons. It was built in the 17th century.
If you go inside you will be able to see a double headed eagle (Byzantine design) depicted on the floor. When a new archbishop is consecrated, he stands on this eagle for the ceremony.
This church is also famous for the wall paintings it has inside (frescoes). There are a lot, although they aren't always that good it has to be said!
Originally this spot was home to an Orthodox convenent. A church was first built back in the 1300s. The present church, however, dates back to 1872.
Inside there are some beautiful icons. There is also a huge marble mausoleum which has the remains of the bishops and priests who were killed in 1821 by the Turks during thte Greek War Of Independence.
The cathedral was built in 1662 by the then archbishop Nikiforos. The walls are covered with paintings showing scenes from the Bible. It was built on the former site of a Benedictine Monastery.