St Nicholas Cathedral - Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque;
Category: Sense of Place
Photo and caption by melih sular
The cathedral is known as one of the finest Gothic buildings in the Mediterranean world. Its foundation stone is known to have been laid in 1298 during the Lusignan rule and the construction lasted until 1312. the old tropical fig tree (Ficus Sycomorus) which stands by the entrance of the building is thought to have been planted here at the time that the work began.Until it became a mosque in 1571 a king of the island was first crowned as the King of Cyprus in St Sophia in Nicosia and then as the King of jerusalem in St Nicholas in Famagusta, the city being closer to the holy land.
Location: cyprus famagusta
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