Asmaaltı Sokak, Nicosia, Cyprus
Büyük Han Nicosia Reviews
The Great Inn Sep 05, 2012
An elegant Ottoman inn, Buyuk Han, was an important part of the Ottoman Empire. It bore witness to the Ottoman presence in Cyprus from the very beginning when it was built in 1572 by Muzaffer Pasha, the first governor, right after the island was taken over by the Ottomans.
Its first name was apparently Alanyalilar Inn but later, when it was compared with the nearby Kumarcilar (Gamblers) Inn, it began to be referred to as the Grand Inn, a name it has kept to this day.
The Grand Inn, which has attracted domestic and foreign tourists as a tourist site and is the pride of Nicosia, has been used for a variety of purposes in the past, almost as if it were adapting to the multi-cultural Cypriot lifestyle. It served as the Nicosia Central Prison from 1878-1895 during the English rule of the island.
Everyone in Nicosia is familiar with the Grand Inn. The local people are proud to direct visitors interested in local handicrafts and souvenirs to the Grand Inn. In the Inn, one can witness a number of activities ranging from traditional Cypriot handicrafts to examples of modern art.
Also there are many souvenir shops as well as a restaurant, and concerts held there during in the summer.
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