Discover Edirne, home of Selimiye Mosque
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex are the masterpieces of the famous architect Mimar Sinan, some of the highest achievements of Ottoman architecture, which were built between 1568 and 1575 for Sultan Selim II.
Selimiye Mosque of Edirne is one of the most stunning complexes you will ever see. It is visible from all parts of the city with its entire splendour. With its monumental dome and four slender minarets, the mosque was designed and built by Mimar Sinan, the world renowned royal architect.
Selimiye Mosque's four slender minarets have the highest possible height for such small intersections. Every minaret with the height of 85,67 metres contains three azan platforms, three stairways, each leading to a different platform and a unique design, these stairways are completely independent from each other.
The dome is certainly the centre of attention with an awe inspiring span of 31.30 metres and a soaring height of 42.30 metres.
The glazed tile decorations of the Selimiye Mosque are also highly acclaimed. The tiles were manufactured in Iznik which was at its zenith as a centre of excellence. Here are one hundred and one different designs of tulip used in the decorations. The mihrab and minbar are considered to be one of the finest examples of marble carving.
Selimiye Mosque was the centrepiece of the religious complex. It was surrounded on three sides by the external courtyard which was formed by Darul Sibyan, Darul Kurra and Darul Hadis madrasah together with a Muvakkithane and a library.
Arasta covers the west side of the Selimiye Mosque all along, was built in order to generate revenue to the mosque and support the complex with a retaining wall. Arasta was designed by Mimar Sinan. Mimar Sinan designed the retaining wall as shops in a single row. Later during the reign of Murad III, these shops were covered with a tunnel vault by Mimar Davut Aga, new shops were built opposite to the former ones, and Arasta took its current form.
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex are located in Edirne, the capital of Ottoman Empire before the conquest of Istanbul, and were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.
UNESCO Identity Card:
Official Name: Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
Architectural Type: Mosque and Social Complex
Date added to Unesco: 2011
Location: Edirne, Turkey
Selimiye Mosque, Edirne
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