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St. Sophia Cathedral / Selimiye Mosque

 Selimiye Mosque is the main mosque in Nicosia, and the great festivals of Bayram and other Muslim gatherings are conducted here. It was originally the cathedral of St. Sophia (Ayia Sophia) built in the period 1209 A.D. to 1228, over the ruins of a Byzantine building.

In style of architecture, St. Sophia resembles the famous mediaeval cathedrals of France and is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic art in Cyprus. The monumental main door and the carved stone window above it are of particular interest.

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