Mosque reopens in Cyprus after 51 year closure

World Bulletin / News Desk

A mosque in the Greek side of Cyprus opened its doors to Muslims on Tuesday after having remained closed for the last 51 years.

Following the inauguration ceremony, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ religious affairs head Talip Atalay led the first prayer since 1963 in Tahtakale Mosque that is situated in the southern part of Lefkosa (Nicosia), controlled by the Greek Cypriot administration.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Atalay decribed Tahtakale region as one of the first areas Turkish Cypriots had to leave amid the inter-communal clashes in December 1963, just three years after a republic was declared comprising the whole island.

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The Tahtakale Mosque on the Greek Cypriot-controlled part of the island has been opened to prayer for the first time since 1963.

The Tahtakale Mosque on the Greek Cypriot-controlled part of the island has been opened to prayer for the first time since 1963.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/138142/mosque-reopens-in-cyprus-after-51-year-closure

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