The Selimiye Mosque – Konya

The Selimiye Mosque is located next door to the famous Mevlana Museum in Konya. The mosque was commissioned by, and named for, Sultan Selim II (1566-74) in the Ottoman style. Construction began in 1558 when Selim was still a prince and was completed shortly after he became sultan, in 1567. Like the Ottoman mosques of…

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Suleyman Pasa Madrasa – Iznik

The madrasa (medrese) of Suleyman Pasa was built by Prince Suleyman Sah, son of Orhan I. It is one of the two remaining out of the eight medreses in operating in Iznik during Ottoman times. Restorations took place in the 19th century and more recently in 1968. The madrasa is composed of eleven cells and…

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Yakup Celebi Mosque – Iznik

The mosque called Yakup Çelebi, while lacking an inscriptive plaque (kitabe) to specify its date of construction and its donor, is assumed to have been donated by Yakup Çelebi, the son of Murad I and brother of Bayezid I in late 14th century. Built originally as a dervish lodge (zaviye), it was used a soup…

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Mahmud Celebi Mosque – Iznik

The inscriptive plaque (kitabe) above the door to the mosque gives the date of construction -846 A.H. (1442-1443)- and the name of the donor – Mahmud Pasa, a vizier under Murad II who was the son of grand-vizier Candarli Ibrahim Pasa and the grandson of the prominent Candarli Halil Hayreddin Pasa. The real or symbolic…

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Emir Sultan Complex – Bursa

Semseddin Mehmed Ali el-Hüseyin, a dervish and scholar from Bukhara, was the adviser and son-in-law of Bayezid I. The present mosque bearing his epithet, Emir Sultan, was built in 1804 (1219 A.H.) upon the orders of Selim III, after the collapse of the original fourteenth century monument in the 1766 earthquake. Although the materials and…

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Haci Ozbek Mosque – Bursa

The Haci Özbek mosque, according to the inscriptive plaque (kitabe) above a window, was built by Haci Özbek bin Muhammed in 734 A.H., three years following the conquest of Iznik by Orhan I. It is a single-unit mosque composed of a square hall crowned with a dome eight meters in diameter. The drum of the…

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Ulu Mosque – Bursa

The Ulu Cami was built by Bayezid I after the Nicopolis (Nigbolu) victory. After being burnt down by Timur in 1402, the building was damaged by fires in 1493 and 1889 and by earthquake in 1855 and restored extensively after the earthquake (architect, Parvillée) and in 1959. The mosque is composed of a large central…

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Alaeddin Bey Mosque – Bursa

The Alaeddin mosque was built for Alaeddin Bey, the younger brother and vizier of i, following the conquest of Bursa. It is a single-unit mosque with a three-bay portico. The portico, roofed with a barrel vault with a small dome over the central bay, has been reconstructed recently by replacing the pediment from the restoration…

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Abdal Mehmed Mosque, Bursa

The mosque that bears the name of celebrated mystic Abdal Mehmed in Bursa was founded by Basçi Ibrahim, a rich merchant of Bursa who also built the Basçi Ibrahim Complex. The building consists of two equal units organized on the east-west axis forming the prayer hall, with a door each to the preceding three-bay porch….

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Basci Ibrahim Mosque, Bursa

Basçi Ibrahim (d.1490) was a merchant of sheep’s heads in Bursa in the fifteenth century. The mosque and hamam founded by him and bearing his name are located in the Maksem neighborhood of Bursa. A courtyard with arcade and fountain in center precedes the mosque on the north. Two rooms with barrel-vaults used as dervish…

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