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Beyazit Mosque Istanbul

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Beyazit Mosque is probably the best of Istanbul’s classical mosques whose superb courtyard offers a pleasant respite from all the activity of the nearby Grand Bazaar and is often overlooked by visitors in their rush to go shopping.

The Construction

The mosque was built from 1501 to 1506 by Beyazıd II, the son of Mehmet the Conqueror , and appears to have been modelled on the Hagia Sophia by a rather unknown
Turkish architect Yakubşah ibn Sulan-şah. Along with the usual plans of a mosque complex he added a hamam, medrese, mektep and imaret. Although the mosque was constructed after the older Fatih Mosque and because this was almost decimated by earthquake in 1766, the Beyazit Mosque became the city’s oldest and only one to remain completely intact.

The Design

In the peaceful courtyard here you find 20 large porphyry and verd antique columns with granite, supporting red and cream striped arches that create the domed porticoes that surround the elegant ablutions fountain. The east-west extension has a minaret at each end that are inlaid with terracotta geometric designs and resemble narthexes found in Byzantine churches; the aisles along each side of the main hall have been copied from Hagia Sophia. Beyazıd II’s beautiful ornate tomb can be found in the cemetery at the back of the mosque alongside the less ornate one of his daughter Selçuk Hatun.

You will also find the corner tomb of the Grand Vizier Koca Mustafa Reşid Paşa (1800-1858) which is recognisable from the elegant green grilles over its windows, and the tomb of architect Kemaleddin Bey (1890-1927). In between the mosque and the graveyard is a domed primary school building that now serves as a school for the Koran.

Location

The mosque is close to the grand entrance of Istanbul University and the Serasker Tower in Beyazit Fatih , which was once used as a look out for fires. 

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