The Great Inn
From a historical and architectural perspective, Buyuk Han
(The Great Inn) is the most noteworthy of the Turkish monuments
is acknowledged to have been constructed by the first Ottoman
governor of Cyprus, governor-general Muzaffer Pasha in 1572.
The building is rectangular and has two storeys; the rooms
ringing a large courtyard open to an arched and domed pavilion.
The inn has been constructed with stones transported from
different buildings and places.
Likewise, it is possible that the marble columns supporting
the small mosque in the middle of the courtyard have been
taken from another building. This small, domed mosque with
its conic, hexagonal stone chimneys complements the inns
Turkish style of architecture. The rooms on the ground floor
were used as shops, store-rooms and offices.
rooms on the upper floor with fireplaces with octagonal chimneys
were the bedrooms. Although the inn is very similar to the
ones in Anatolia one difference can be noticed: whereas this
type of inns and caravanserais in Anatolia usually have only
one main entrance, the Great Inn has another.