The Ince Minareli Madrasa takes its name from what was once its extremely tall minaret, currently reduced to only the lower portion. Much of the minaret collapsed in the early twentieth century. The lowermost portion of the minaret is square and built of stone, which gives way to cylindrical brick, which must have formed the bulk of its height. The brick was once covered in green tile.
The minaret sits slightly removed from the monumental portal to the madrasa. This entrance is testament to the skill of Seljuk stoneworkers: an inscription complete with floral and natural motifs is intertwined up the entire height of the façade. Further stonework in relief shows knots and other geometric decoration.
Erected in Konya between 1260-65 CE, Ince Minare Madrasa meaning “The College of the Slender Minaret” is one of the most impressive structures introduced by the Seljuks to endorse the central plan scheme that was to dominate much of their late architecture and that of their Ottoman successors. This new design approach replaced the centrality of the traditional courtyard with a domed space giving it additional symbolism and mysticism. Ince Minare is also famous for its magnificent portal which displayed a high degree of attention and combines sophisticated design and skilful decoration rarely seen in another Muslim building.
It is widely accepted, by consensus of historians, that the Seljuks who ruled between 1038-1327 were the real patrons of the madrasa, developing it into a distinguished building type destined essentially for public use. Pre-Seljuk madrasas were of a private domestic and non-official nature, usually houses with little structural or spatial alterations. The Seljuks were the first to develop a particular building form designed for teaching activity, giving the madrasa an official character. These developments encouraged the spread of this building type across most of the Muslim lands initiating unprecedented learning activity. Anatolia, which was the centre of the Suljuk rule, received the majority of these structures with sources counting more than 200 surviving Anatolian madrasas, Konya, the Seljuk capital, alone had about twenty four. The most fascinatin g of these buildings are without a doubt the Karatay (1251) and Ince madrasas.

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