HIRKA-I SERIF MOSQUE

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

The mosque, located in the Muhtesip lskender neighborhood of Fatih, was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1851 for the purpose of housing and protecting the Prophet Mohammed’s mantle. For this reason, the mosque was named “Hırka-i Serif, the Holy Mantle. The structure occupies a prominent place within Istanbul folklore. From the 15th day of the [...]

FETHIYE MOSQUE

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

Fethiye Mosque is located in the Fethiye neighborhood of Fatih. It was originally a church, built in the 13th century by one of the notables of the Byzantine state, Mikhail Glabas Tarkaniotes. It was used as the Patriarchate in 1454 after the conquest of Constantinople. In 1590, to commemorate the conquest of Georgia and Azerbaijan [...]

FATIH COMPLEX

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

The complex extends along the Golden Horn side of Fevzi Pasa Street in Fatih. Sultan Mehmed, the Conqueror had the complex constructed by the architect, Atik Sinan, in the years 1463-1470. It was the largest example of Turkish-Islamic architecture to that date and represented an important stage in the development of classic Turkish architecture. The [...]

EYUP SULTAN COMPLEX

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

The complex is located in Eyup on the shores of the Golden Horn. The mosque, mausoleum and hamam of the complex still stand today, but the medrese and soup kitchen for the poor no longer survive. The first structure built in the complex was the tomb of Ebu Eyyub El-Ensari a “sahabe”, or companion of [...]

DOLMABAHCE MOSQUE

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

The Dolmabahce Mosque is located on the Bosphorus in the southern part of Dolmabahce Palace. Construction of the mosque began at the behest of Sultan Abdulmecid’s mother, Bezmialem Valide Sultan, but when she died, Sultan Abdulmecid took over. It was completed in l855, and the architect was Karabet Balyan. It is one of the highly [...]

BEYLERBEYI MOSQUE

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

Beylerbeyi mosque is found shore of the Bosporus next to the Beylerbeyi quay. It was built by Sultan Abdulhamid 1 in 1778 in the memory of his mother, Rabia Sultan and designed by the architect Tahir Aga. The mosque is in the Baroque style constructed of cut stone. It is octagonal in shape with two [...]

BEYAZIT COMPLEX

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

The complex, which is scattered throughout Beyazit Square, was built by Sultan Beyazit II and completed in the years 1500-1505. It was originally thought to have been designed by Architect Sinan Hayreddin or Architect Kemaleddin but later research suggests the architect may have been Yakub §ah Bin Sultan. The complex is composed of a mosque, [...]

ATIK ALI PASHA COMPLEX

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

In Cemberlitas on the Yeniceriler Street, this complex is one of the oldest Ottoman buildings in Istanbul, commissioned in 1496 by the Ottoman Prime Minister (Vezir-i Azam) Hadim Atik Ali Pasa. Today only the mosque, school and the tomb remain from the complex which also contained a soup kitchen, caravanserai, and Dervish lodge. Over the [...]

Tiles and Porcelain

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

A porcelain factory was opened towards the end of the I9th century along the Golden Horn, but was soon shut down. Another one built by Sultan Abdulhamid II in 1892 in the courtyard of the Yildiz Palace was, however considered a financial and artistic success. Although tiles traditionally were produced in Iznik, the most exquisite [...]

SULEYMANIYE COMPLEX

June 27th, 2012Posted by istanbul

PARTS OF A COMPLEX MOSQUE Mosques, constructed as the gathering places for communal prayer, are attended five times a day by Muslims, especially on Fridays and during religious holidays. Mosques, however, are not merely the place where Muslims perform their daily ritual prayers, but also function as social institutions in which people make contact with [...]