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Sehzade Mosque Istanbul

Sehzade Mosque Istanbul
This very beautiful mosque was built for Suleyman the Magnificent in memory of his beloved son Mehmed who died from smallpox in 1543 is located in Fatih . Designed by Mimar Sinan it was the first of the large imperial mosques to be built.

Design of Sehzade Mosque

The mosque is accessed through a stunning porticoed courtyard with pretty red, white and blue lunettes over paired windows that give a striking contrast to the whiteness of the stone surrounding them, and the two minarets here are unusually decorated with relief carvings. Inside you find a huge empty square sitting beneath a very high dome.

The Tombs

In the large garden there you will find a group of tombs, the most important of which belong to the Crown Prince (Şehzade) Mehmed and is the octagonal building with a double dome; this also contains his brother, Prince Cihangir, who is said to have died from grief when his half brother Prince Mustafa was murdered in 1553.
Next to this are the tombs of Rüstem Paşa’s, designed by Mimar Sinan and the Grand Vizier Ibrahim Paşa’s whose was designed by Dalgiç Mehmed Ağa in 1603. All three of these tombs have wonderful examples of Iznik tiles but unfortunately are not open for public viewing.

Other tombs found here are; Mahmud, the son of Sultan Mehmed III, Hatice Sultan, daughter of Sultan Murad III and Şehzade Mehmed’s granddaughter Fatma Sultan.
Another tomb, unusually rectangular and set apart from the others can be found near the entrance off Şehzadebaşı Caddesi and has the remains of Destari Mustafa a famous statesman during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I, along with his wife Ayşe Hatun, which also has some nice Iznik tiling.

Other Buildings

Other buildings that remain on the mosque complex and run along the outside wall of the garden are; the medrese, now housing the Şehzade Mehmed Sofrası with a lecture theatre (dersane) on the eastside, and beyond there the caravanserai (kervansary) that can be accessed from the street outside. There are also the remains of an abandoned soup kitchen and primary school across on Dedeefendi Caddesi.
 

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