Eski Cami

Eastern Mediterranean

Southeast of the Old City are several historical mosques that have played other roles, including the Old Mosque, a medieval structure that was originally built in the 12th century as a church dedicated to St Paul. The original entrance to the south was converted into a mihrab (niche indicating the direction of Mecca) in the 15th century.

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