Istanbul Travel Guide

Nuruosmaniye Mosque

  • Nuruosmaniye Mosque

  • Inside of the mosque

  • The mosque is illuminuted by 174 windows

  • Calligraphy on the wall

  • It is one of the finest examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style

The construction of the complex was built  by Sultan Osman III in 1755. The architect of the complex was Simon Kalfa. Located one of the seven hills of İstanbul. It consists of a mosque, a medresse, a soup kitchen, a hamam, a mausoleum, a library and fountains.

Unique for Ottoman mosques
It is considered one of the finest examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style.The prayer hall is covered by a single dome 25 m in diameter, encircled at its base with 32 windows. And the mosque is illuminuted by 174 windows.

The mosque has two minarets with two balconies. The colonnaded portico has a half circle plan, unique for Ottoman mosques. The medresse and soup kitchen are found to the north of the mosque, on the right as you enter the courtyard from direction of the Covered Bazaar. 

Useful Information for Nuruosmaniye Mosque

Address Nuruosmaniye Caddesi, No: 48, Kapali Çarsi Yani, Pk: 34126, Beyazit, Istanbul
Fast Facts Because the mosques are the sacred places for muslims, there are several cases needed to be paid attention during visits; 1. Mosques must be visited between the prayer times. If you come across the prayer times, you can visit the mosque after the community leaves. 2. Women come to mosques by covering their heads with scarves while the men wear coifs before going in. It should be paid attention to costumes while visiting a sacred place like a mosque, especially in summer times. 3. Shorts should not be worn by men and women during the visits of mosques and tombs because costume is an important point to be paid attention in visiting sacred places.
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