Beyazıd Mosque and complex was build in the years between 1550-1505 by architect Yakubşah bin Sultan. It was the second largest imperial mosque complex in Istanbul. The complex is composed of a mosque, a kitchen, a primary school, a hospital, a medrese, a hamam, a soup kitchen for poors and a caravarserai. And mosque is the center of the complex.
Stone and wood works are masterpieces
The mosque itself is approximately 40 meters square, with a 16.78 meter diameter dome. The design is that of a central dome held by semi-domes on all four sides. The courtyard paing materials and pillars used for the reservoir for ablutions were reclaimed from Byzantine ruins. The stone and wood craftsmanship and stained glass are artistic masterpieces.
Soup kitchen is library, the medresse is museum
The soup kitchen and Caravanserai are left of the mosque anda re used today by the Beyazid State Library. The medresse is now Museum of the Turkish Foundation of Calligraphy. Behind the mosque is a small garden, consists of tombs of Sultan Beyazıd II, his daughter Selçuk Hatun.
|Address||Beyazit Mh., 34126 Fatih/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.|