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Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque

By April 17, 2018 No Comments

Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque is located on the main Salt Lake of Larnaca, 3km west of the city, on the road to Kiti. This historic mosque was built in 648 AD during one of the first Arab raids on the island, at the spot where Umm Haram- the Holy Helper and aunt of Mohamed – died when she fell off her mule.

According to tradition, Grand Chalif Moavia, who was taking part in the expedition, immediately ordered the construction of a mosque at the spot where Umm Haram had fallen and died.

The mosque was first renovated in 1816 and more recently in 2002 by UNOPS, when archaeological excavations also revealed that the place had been inhabited since Neolithic times.

Nowadays, the mosque is considered as one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca, Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem.

Opening hours:

September 16 – April 15, daily: 08:30 – 17:00
April 16 – September 15, daily: 08:30 – 19:00

Closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox)

Entrance is free

Source: CTO website