Arab Ahmet Mosque
The most notable of the mosques built by the Turks
in Nicosia is the Arap Ahmet Mosque.
mosque, like many others, was constructed on the site of an
old Latin church. Among the marble floor tiles of the mosque
are around 25 tombstones with epitaths and drawings. The mosque
was named after one of the generals of the Turkish army during
the conquest of the island. It is a good example of classical
Turkish mosque architecture.
has an arched terrace and a dome six metres in diameter. The
garden with graves belonging to Turks have been preserved
in good condition. It is a special corner of Nicosia with
its fountain, cypress trees and graves.
Among the graves is the grave of Kamil Pasha, born in 1832
in Nicosia, who rose to the rank of Grand Vizier in the Ottoman
Empire 4 times. Kamil Pasha died in Nicosia in 1913 and was
buried in the courtyard of the mosque.
In 1927, Sir Ronald Storss, the governor of Cyprus between
1926-1931, had a tomb made for Kamil Pasha with a panel in
Turkish and English placed on it.