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Mosque of Hala Saltan Tekke, Larnaca: 12 reviews and 31 photos

  A Photo taken in winter wih flamingos
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  • A Photo taken in winter wih flamingos - Larnaca
      A Photo taken in winter wih flamingos
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  • Photo taken in March when the lSalt Lake is dry. - Larnaca
      Photo taken in March when the lSalt Lake is dry.
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The Salt Lake and the Tekke is the first thing you look at upon reaching Larnaca.
Larnaca Salt Lake is located close to the Larnaca International Airport. In winter the water levels rise but in summer the lake is dry. From November until March it is home to flamingos.

HISTORY OF THE TEKKE

Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram is a very prominent Muslim shrine near Larnaca, on the island of Cyprus. Umm Haram (Hala Sultan in the Turkish language) was the Islamic prophet Muhammad's wet nurse and the wife of Ubada bin al-Samit[citation needed]. Most accounts[weasel words] establish a connection between the site and the death of Umm Haram during the first Arab raids on Cyprus under the Caliph Muawiyah between 647 and 649, which were later pursued throughout the Umayyad and the Abbasid periods. According to these accounts, Umm Haram, being of very old age, had fallen from her mule and had died during a siege of Larnaca. She was buried near the salt lake and her grave became a sacred shrine. The shrine, and later the mosque and the whole complex was named after her. According to Shia belief, her grave lies within Jannatul Baqi cemetery in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

In Ottoman times, a mosque complex was built in stages around the tomb, especially as of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The shrine structure was first erected by Sheikh Hassan in 1760. Later the mosque was constructed and the complex assumed its present form around 1816/17. Hala Sultan Tekke complex is composed of a mosque, mausoleum, minaret, cemetery, and living quarters for men and women. The term tekke (convent) applies to a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, and may have referred to an earlier feature of the location. The present-day complex, open to all and not belonging to a single religious movement, lies in a serene setting on the shores of the Larnaca Salt Lake, which appears to be an important site also in prehistory (see below). Hala Sultan Tekke is a listed Ancient Monument.

Directions: Just minutes from the Airport terminal. It's the first thing you see uppon landing.
Phone: +357 246 57745

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  • Updated May 21, 2014
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Comments (2)

  • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Imagine Clive, the airport was opposite when I wrote this tip. The New Airport however is further up.

  • CDM7's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Difficult to imagine that this lovely spot is so close to Larnaca airport!

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