Selimiye Mosque and Museum in Edirne
The Selimiye Mosque, one of Turkey’s finest and world’s best examples of Islamic architecture was designed and built between 1569 and 1575 by the 80 year old Mimar Sinan for Selim II.and surpasses that of the Hagia Sophia . The domes diameter of 31.5m is supported by 8 massive 12-sided columns and the cupola floats 44m above the floor adorned in calligraphy. The platform for the muezzin (the man who calls worshippers to prayer) is just below the dome supported by 12 columns and has delicate restored paintings on its underside giving an idea of how the mosque dome once appeared. There are also some very ornate stone carvings to be found on the mihrab and mimber.
External Design of Selimiye MosqueIt has an octagonal support system built through eight pillars cut into a square shell of walls. The four identical minarets, each with three balconies, at 71m are the second tallest in the world, after those in Mecca and which dominate Edirne's city skyline.
Interior Design of Selimiye MosqueThe interior, especially the dome, is what impresses most visitors
Museum of Turkish and Islamic ArtsThe Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts on the north-east corner of the mosque has 15 rooms housing wooden, ceramic and martial exhibits from the region and a nice courtyard garden. One of the rooms is solely dedicated to oil wrestling showing the 600 year old sport through the ages.
Edirne MuseumThe Edirne Museum contains Greco-Roman fragments along with ethnographic household goods such as furniture, rugs, coins, clothing and wooden relics.
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