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The Lusignan House

The St. Barnabas church in North Cyprus has a rich collection of icons mostly dating from the 18th century. The basalt mill in the courtyard is from the Enkomi settlement and the other columns and stones are from Salamis. The rooms where the priests lived have been restored and turned into an archaelogical museum.

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Mahalla or Parish of Nicosia

The commander of the conquering army, Lala Mustafa Pasha, Arap Ahmet Pasha, and the first kadi and muftu of the island were members of the Mevlevi order (order of dervishes founded by Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi, called also the “whirling dervishes”). Inside the building, there are tombs and a semahane (dervish meeting-house for religious music and whirling).

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