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Büyük Han

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Han is the Ottoman word for inn, and each day, as night drew nearer, ancient travellers would have to start making the same kind of decisions about where to spend the night as today’s visitors to Cyprus. The Ottomans built a network of inns for merchants to travel between in relative safety, and this is one of only two that remains.

This inn had 68 rooms upstairs, for travellers to spend the night in, with windows too small to let in a robber, and underneath then were the stables for the horses and camels. Each room has its own fireplace and chimney for added comfort. In the centre of the courtyard in a mosque, raised on six pillars, and underneath there’s a fountain for bathing.

When the British took over they turned the inn into a prison. After that it became a shelter for destitute families, these days it’s an arts centre, with shops, a small theatre and a café.

Arasta Sokak, Old City

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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