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BÜYÜK HAN (THE GREAT INN) - LEFKOSA (NICOSIA)

Büyük Han (Great Inn) was built in 1572 by the first Ottoman governor of Cyprus, Muzaffer Pasha. Its architecture is similar to numerous hans(inns) encountered in Anatolia (Turkey): a courtyard surrounded with rooms arranged on two floors. The lower rooms were used as shops, storage rooms and offices. The rooms on the upper floor served for lodging and each is fitted with a fireplace which has an octagonal chimney. In the middle of the courtyard there is a domed octagonal miniature mosque resting on eight columns with a fountain for ablutions under it.

During the British rule, the Han was used as the Nicosia Central Prison. Later the Great Han was used as a builders' yard; a couple of years ago it was renovated and now it is a very lively place with shops, art/photo galleries and cafes.
Old and renovation stage photos
Old and renovation stage photos
Miniature mosque
Miniature mosque
Upper and lower floor rooms
Upper and lower floor rooms
A resident of the inn
A resident of the inn
Window of the mosque
Window of the mosque
Looking outside from the window of the mosque
Looking outside from the window of the mosque
Shops
Shops
Miniature mosque
Miniature mosque
Miniature mosque (closeup)
Miniature mosque (closeup)
Upper and lower floors
Upper and lower floors
Stairs leading to second floor
Stairs leading to second floor
First floor view
First floor view
Miniature mosque
Miniature mosque
Shops/galleries
Shops/galleries
Wout
Wout
Stairs & two floors
Stairs & two floors
Courtyard
Courtyard
Courtyard
Courtyard
Courtyard
Courtyard
Ornament on the wall
Ornament on the wall
Miniature mosque (seen at the distance: minarets of a large gothic cathedral later turned into a mosque)
Miniature mosque (seen at the distance: minarets of a large gothic cathedral later turned into a mosque)
Residents
Residents
Residents
Residents
Ornament on the wall with an evil eye bead
Ornament on the wall with an "evil eye" bead