The Mosque of Sultan Tekke in Larnaca, Cyprus


Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram (TurkishHala Sultan Tekkesi) is a very prominent Muslim shrine near Larnaca, on the island of CyprusUmm Haram (TurkishHala Sultan) was the Islamic prophet Muhammad‘s wet nurse and the wife of Ubada bin al-Samit.[citation needed]
Hala Sultan Tekke complex is composed of a mosquemausoleumminaretcemetery, and living quarters for men and women. The termtekke (convent) applies to a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, and may have referred to an earlier feature of the location. The present-day complex, open to all and not belonging to a single religious movement, lies in a serene setting on the shores of the Larnaca Salt Lake, which appears to be an important site also in prehistory. Hala Sultan Tekke is a listed Ancient Monument.( Source from Wikipedia ) 



In the Larnaca we did the city tour using the open bus. One of the place I visited was the Mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke nearby the Salt lake in Larnaca.
Mosque Hala Sultan Tekke is an Islamic shrine, unusual in that it is dedicated to a woman, built between 1760-1796. Overlooking the Salt Lake of Larnaka, where flamingoes stop en route from Africa in spring and autumn, it is a peaceful, beautiful spot for a mosque.

The woman in question was Umm Haram, aunt of an associate of the Prophet Mohammed, who was thrown from her mule and died here in 649 during the first Arab invasion of Cyprus. A place of pilgrimage for Muslims, the building did not actually become a site of veneration until the Ottoman conquest of Cyprus in 1571.
The mosque is an important place of Muslim pilgrimage, ranking immediately after the shrines of Mecca, Medina and Al Aqsha in Jerusalem.
Archaeologists think that in ancient times the site was originally a temple to Artemis, founded where the important commodity of salt was manufactured.

About Arif Wibowo

Passion on Photography Live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Working in oil and gas company. Like traveling, bicycle, and photography. Born in Sukabumi, West Java. Graduate from Physics ITB 1985.
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