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Turkish Cypriot pilgrims visit Hala Sultan mosque

Increased security at the mosque on Tuesday

Around 1,000 pilgrims from the north travelled to the Hala Sultan mosque in Larnaca on Tuesday during ongoing Ramadan celebrations.

Around 20 buses transported the pilgrims from the north to Larnaca, escorted by police cars.

The mosque, which also operates as a museum, was closed to the rest of the public for the day, while increased security measures were taken for the pilgrims’ transfer to and from the mosque and their stay at the site, to avoid any incidents.

The pilgrimage was organised by Turkish Cypriot Mufti Dr Talip Atalay with the support of Archbishop Chrysostomos as part of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the auspices of the Embassy of Sweden (RTCYPP).

The religious leaders agreed to support and organise three such special pilgrimages to Hala Sultan annually for Eid Al Fitr (Ramazan Bayram), Eid Ul Adha (Qurban Bayram) and Mawlid ul-Nabi (Mevlid) on dates mutually discussed and decided.

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