December 11, 2023

By Chris Krzentz……..

This article is about my visit to the Buyuk Han in Nicosia with my dear friend Tuncer Bagiskan, the Turkish Cypriot retired archaeologist who explained to me that the Han was built by the Ottomans on the site of a previous market around 1572.

The reason for building the Han was to provide a resting place for travellers in its many rooms and also to raise funds for the restoration of St Sophie Cathedral which was being converted into the Selimiye Mosque.

The Sultan had decreed that if the Buyuk Han was not successful in raising funds for the Selimiye Mosque project it should be demolished and as we can see it is still standing today.

Please sit back and enjoy the video from the Buyuk Han and if you like my videos, feel free to subscribe to my global YouTube channel click here and you can also find me by clicking on the following links FacebookChris Krzentz Presents, Cyprus Culture Group, Twitter, LinkedIn,

To read my previous walking tour article down nearby Arasta Street and a meeting with the “Frozen Cypriot”, Eren  Erdogan in the Buyuk Han, please click here

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