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Büyük Han (English: Great Inn) is the largest caravansarai on the island of Cyprus and is considered to be one of the finest buildings on the island.Located in the capital of Cyprus, it was built by the Ottomans in 1572, the year after they had seized Cyprus from the Venetians. In the centre of the open courtyard is a mosque with a fountain for pre-prayer ablutions. It became the first city prison under British administration.[1] After spending most of the 1990s being restored, the inn has been revived as a thriving arts centre, consisting of several galleries and workshops. There are also several courtyard cafes and souvenir shops.rnrnYou can see two minarets behind this caravanserai. They belong to another Gothic cathedral converted to Mosque _ Selimiye Mosque, historically known as Cathedral of Saint Sophia. You can see also two flags - the flag of Turkey is a red flag featuring a white star and crescent and The flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus based on the flag of Turkey with the colors reversed and two horizontal red stripes added at the top and bottom.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13027 W: 139 N: 33711] (153774)
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