Hala Sultan Tekke

The mosque was built in 648 exactly where according to legend, died of Umm Haram, a relative of the Prophet Mohammed, during one of the first Arab raids on the island. During one of the battles in the vicinity of Larnaca, she fell off a horse and broke his neck. She was buried at the same place in the grave, which was crowned with a block of stone meteorite weighing 15 tons, brought by angels to the sacred Mount Sinai.

The great Caliph Muawiyah, a witness of the tragedy, immediately ordered to erect a mosque on the site of the tragedy. The complex was built by sultans of the Ottoman Empire during the XVIII-XIX centuries. Above the Umm Haram burial in 1760 the mausoleum was erected, and in 1816 was built the octagonal mosque with a minaret and related structures, as well divided beautiful garden with fountains, which is called the garden Pasha. The mosque itself is the well wishes.

Currently, it is one of the main places of pilgrimage of Muslims in importance second only to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. the mosque was first renovated in 1816, and in 2002 the restoration was carried out with the participation of the UN cultural mission.

Only twice a year - during the two most important Muslim holidays of the year: the day of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr at the Hala Sultan Tekke held worship. At other times, it is only used as a tourist site.

The mosque is open daily and can enter into anyone. The mosque is necessary to enter, removing shoes, in front of her building built special fountain designed for the washing of the feet. Entrance to the mosque is free, here running guide that is always happy to show tourists free Mosque and other buildings in the complex, as well as talk about its history. To visit the Hala Sultan Tekke best closer to sunset - on the opposite shore at this time, you can see the "glowing" Larnaca, which has a stunning view of the majestic and beautiful.

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