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Hala Sultan Tekke

Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca

The Muslim mosque of Hala Sultan is located in the centre of a spectacular garden on the west bank of the Salt Lake, approximately 6 km southwest of Larnaka. It is the main Muslim pilgrimage site of Cyprus and among the most important holy places of Islam.

The mosque was built over a tomb which, according to tradition, belongs to Umm Haram, foster-mother of the Prophet Mohammed and wife of one of the most high ranking officers of Moawia, who led two disastrous raids against Cyprus in 649 and 650 AD. Umm Haram died as a result of an accident as soon as she arrived on the island. The mosque was built much later, just before 1787, along with dwellings and water-cisterns, which contributed to the shrine's fame. The mosque's present plan was completed in 1816.

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(partly accessible)
Entrance: Accessibility (not marked) only in the garden but not inside the mosque
Special rest rooms: not market

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