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Famagusta's most important monument is this 14th-century Gothic cathedral of St. Nicholas that was turned into a mosque named Lala Mustafa Camii. The cathedral was probably designed by a Frenchman and was built from 1298 to 1326. After the Ottoman conquest, the cathedral was transformed into a mosque with the addition of a mihrab and minaret and the complete destruction of all art depicting human figures. The twin towers were decapitated, and the floor-tombs were emptied. But the architecture remained entirely intact and its use as a mosque spared it from the latter additions that were inflicted on most European cathedrals. The building is thus a rare example of pure Gothic architecture.
Learn more: St. Nicholas' Cathedral (Lala Mustafa Camii), Famagusta
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