Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria was enchanted by Nicosia and wrote a book about his visit in 1873:
There is only one inn or hotel in Lefkosia, the Locanda della Speranza. This idyllic refuge for pilgrims and painters stands in the middle of a small garden and is kept by a good natured simple Greek of the name of Yiorgios Christodulo.
There are five Turkish inns (khans), namely Bejuk Khan, Kumarigillar Khan (gambling inn), Tuchar bashi Khan, Pasmaghilar Khan, and Ali Effendi Khan. The three first are the largest, among which Bejuk Khan occupies the first rank, with a colonnade of eleven pointed arches in front, the middle one higher than the others, a courtyard with seven arches on each side, and two flights of steps on the outside, leading to the upper rooms. In the middle a spring affords cooling drink to the thirsty.
Louis Salvador, Lefkosia The capital of Cyprus, (Trigraph,1983:50)
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