Attractions

Top Choice Mosque in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Selimiye Mosque

North Nicosia’s most prominent landmark (also clearly visible from the southern half of the city), the Selimiye Mosque is a beautiful mongrel of a building. A cross between a French Gothic church and a mosque, its f…
Top Choice Historic Building in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Büyük Han

The Büyük Han is Cyprus' best-preserved example of Ottoman caravanserai architecture. Built in 1572 by the first Ottoman governor of Cyprus, Lala Mustafa Pasha, it was renovated in the early 1990s, and has once agai…
Top Choice Church in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Armenian Church & Nunnery

This church and nunnery is first thought to have been established in the 13th century as the Abbey of Our Lady of Tyre, and was handed over to the island's Armenian community in the 15th century, when it became a pr…
Top Choice Area in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Arabahmet Quarter

This neighbourhood rubbing up against the Green Line is home to well-preserved examples of Ottoman-era town-house architecture. The narrow alleyways are rimmed by tall whitewashed houses – some recently restored, ot…
Top Choice Mosque in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Haydarpaşa Mosque

The second-most important Gothic structure in North Nicosia after the Selimiye Mosque, this building began life as the 14th-century Church of St Catherine. Annoyingly, despite the mosque being open officially, in pr…
Top Choice Museum in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Mevlevi Tekke Museum

This 17th-century former tekke (dervish house) was once Cyprus' central meeting place for the island's followers of the Mevlevi Order. Made famous by the whirling dervishes, the Mevlevis are a Sufi (the mystical bra…
Museum in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus

This eclectic museum in the New City is the work of Ergün Pektaş, who scoured Northern Cyprus to salvage and preserve local craftwork, day-to-day objects, woodwork and furniture. The result is a cornucopia of Cyprio…
Area in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Samanbahçe Quarter

This neighbourhood of whitewashed terraced cottages, tucked off Girne Caddesi, was Cyprus' first social housing project. Built in the early 20th century, the 70 houses were all constructed using local materials and …
Church in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Bedestan

Renovated as part of the Nicosia Master Plan, the imposing Bedestan dates from the 6th century, when it was built as a small Byzantine chapel. It was grandly embellished in the 14th century and reborn as St Nicholas…
Museum in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Dervish Pasha Mansion

This small ethnographic museum is housed in a 19th-century mansion. Built in 1807, it belonged to wealthy a Turkish Cypriot, Derviş Paşa, who published Cyprus’ first Turkish-language newspaper. The house became an e…