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BŁyŁk Han in Lefkoşa (aka Turkish Nicosia) is the largest caravansarai on the island of Cyprus and is considered to be one of the finest buildings on the island. BŁyŁk Han (Great Inn) was among the earliest (1572) Ottoman public works following the conquest; it became the first city prison under British administration, but reverted in 1893 to a hostel for destitute families, something more like its original role. Each of the guest rooms in the upper arcade, now (like the lower ones) partly occupied by various artisans' shops, was originally heated by fireplaces. A little Mescit (Islamic chapel), seen on the right, balances on six columns over its own "şadirvan", or ablutions fountain, a design seen elsewhere only in Turkey. The building spent the period 1992 - 2002 being restored, and now is home to arts and crafts outlets and a restaurant. It is a beautiful place.

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