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There are many places like Cordoba or Istanbul where mosques have been turned into churches or other way around. There are also situations when a church or mosque gets formally desacrated and turned into museum or even tourist office or restaurant (e.g. in Dublin or Kos town). And although such changes seem quite painful for believers of particular faith, I think it is good that the beautiful structures are preserved. Yesterday however I have watched a movie of some hooligans destroying beautiful ancient temples in Iraq in the name of their God. I believe this is the worst case of vandalism. If a God asks someone to kill or destroy –what sort of God is it?
This picture here presents a largest mosque in Nicosia, capital of Cyprus which was transformed from a former church. This is the largest structure in Nicosia's old town, you can spot its two characteristic minarets in the panoramic photo HERE. The two dots in the sky between the minarets are flags of Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Selimiye Mosque (Turkish: Selimiye Camii, Greek: Σελιμιγιέ Τζαμί), formerly Cathιdrale Sainte Sophie, is a mosque located in the Turkish-controlled northern part of the walled city of Nicosia. It is the main mosque of the city. The Selimiye Mosque is housed in the largest and oldest surviving gothic church in Cyprus.

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