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St. Sophia Cathedral constructed in the 13th Century, this cathedral was where coronation ceremonies proclaiming the Lusignan kings to be the Kings of Cyprus were held. Kings were first crowned here as King of Cyprus and then crowned King of Jerusalem in the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Magusa/ Famagusta. St. Sophia Catheral took its current name, Selimiye Mosque in 1571.
The building?s immediate surroundings and Arabahmet district is an area where you can most strongly feel the atmosphere of Lefkosa?s old city. Visitors to Lefkosa are still greeted by wonderful examples of old urban architecture as they wander down narrow streets and are met by the wonderful surprise of houses that retain all their grandeur. During Lusignan and Venetian times, St. Sophia Cathedral and its surroundings were a very important centre, not only for religious functions but also for commercial and social interaction. After the Ottomans began to use the cathedral and renamed it Selimiye Mosque, the building and its surroundings did not lose their importance but became even more influential. In addition to the people who came to the mosque from Lefkosa and the surrounding environs, this region was very busy with regular customers coming to the commercial buildings, inns, shopping centres and markets as well as those coming to the shops in the area.
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