Mosques in Istanbul

Mihrimah Mosque

10,368 people have been here
8.8/10

The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Turkish: 'Mihrimah Sultan Camii') is an Ottoman mosque located just inside the Edirne Kapisi on the Byzantine land walls of Istanbul, Turkey. Located on the peak of the Sixth Hill near the highest point of the city, the mosque is a prominent landmark in Istanbul.

History

The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque was designed by Mimar Sinan ("Sinan the Architect") for the favorite daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah. Its building took place from 1562 to 1565. The complex has been severely damaged by earthquakes several times (including 1719, 1766, 1814 and 1894), and although efforts were made to restore the mosque, its attendant buildings received less attention. The dome was further damaged during 1999 İzmit earthquake, and required restoration, along with the upper half of the minaret.

Architecture

Exterior

The mosque was built on a terrace overlooking the main street. A large courtyard (avlu) whose interior portico is divided into individual cells forming a madrasah surrounds the mosque. In the center of the courtyard is a large ablution fountain (sadirvan). Entry to the mosque is through an imposing porch of seven domed bays with marble and granite columns. The mosque itself is a cube topped by a half-sphere, with symmetrical multi-windowed tympana on each of the four sides. The dome is supported by four towers, one in each corner; its base is pierced by windows. The single minaret is tall and slender; during the 1894 earthquake it crashed through the roof of the mosque.

Interior

The interior is a cube under a dome 20 m in diameter and 37 m high. On the north and south sides, triple arcades supported by granite columns open onto side aisles with galleries above, each with three domed bays. A vast amount of surface area is covered by windows, making the mosque one of the brightest lit of any of Sinan's works. Some of the windows contain stained glass.

The interior stencil decorations are all modern. However, the mimbar in carved white marble is from the original construction.

Complex

As built, the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque had a kulliye which included (besides madrasah) a double hamman, turbe and a low row of shops under the terrace upon which the mosque was built, whose rents were intended to financially support the mosque complex.

The complex does not include the grave of Mihrimah Sultana herself (which is located at the Süleymaniye Mosque, but a ruined turbe (which is also a work of Sinan) behind the mosque houses the graves of her son-in-law, Grand Vizier Semiz Ali Pasha, as well as many other members of her family.

See also

  • List of mosques
  • Ottoman architecture

Gallery

Coordinates:

References

  • Faroqhi, Suraiyah (2005). Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire. I B Tauris. ISBN . 
  • Freely, John (2000). Blue Guide Istanbul. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN . 
  • Rogers, J.M. (2007). Sinan: Makers of Islamic Civilization. I B Tauris. ISBN . 

External links

Post a comment
Tips & Hints
Arrange By:
Aydan Xa
9 July 2013
Mimar Sinan ın İstanbul'un yedi tepesinden biri olan Edirnekapı üzerinde yapmış olduğu içerisinden rüzgarın eksik olmadığı, mütevazi, bir o kadar güzel ve Ramazan ayında hatimli teravih kılınan camii.
Av. Mustafa Kürşad Akyar
21 October 2013
Mimar Sinan'ın aşkına yaptığı iki eserden avrupa yakasında olanı...
Load more comments
foursquare.com
Location
Map
Address

Karagümrük Mh., Arabacılar Sokak No:2, 34200 Fatih/Istanbul Province, Turkey

Get directions
Open hours
Fri 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM–11:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM–7:00 AM
Mon 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
Tue Noon–3:00 PM
Wed Noon–8:00 PM
References

Edirnekapı Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Edirnekapı Mihrimah Sultan Camii) on Foursquare

Mihrimah Mosque on Facebook

Hotels nearby

See all hotels See all
Hotel Bulvar Palas

starting $80

Tugra Hotel

starting $39

Best Nobel Hotel 2

starting $46

Star City Hotel

starting $70

Babel Park Hotel

starting $70

Tugra Hotel

starting $0

Recommended sights nearby

See all See all
Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Chora Church
Turkey

The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Kefeli Mosque
Turkey

The Kefeli Mosque (Turkish: Kefeli Camii, meaning 'the mosque of the

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Palace of the Porphyrogenitus
Turkey

The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus (Greek: τὰ βασίλεια τοῦ Πορφυρ

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Pammakaristos Church
Turkey

Pammakaristos Church, also known as the Church of Theotokos

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Church of St. Mary of the Mongols
Turkey

Saint Mary of the Mongols (full name in Greek: Θεοτòκος Παναγιώ

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Church of St. Mary of Blachernae (Istanbul)
Turkey

Saint Mary of Blachernae (full name in Greek: Θεοτòκος τών Βλαχερνών

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Bulgarian St. Stephen Church
Turkey

The Bulgarian St Stephen Church (български. Църква „Свети Стефан“

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Hirami Ahmet Pasha Mosque
Turkey

Hirami Ahmet Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Hırami Ahmet Paşa Mescidi) is a f

Similar tourist attractions

See all See all
Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Turkey

The Nuruosmaniye Mosque (Türkçe. Nuruosmaniye Camii) is an Ottoman m

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Üsküdar)
Turkey

The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Iskele Mosque, Jetty Mosque, Üsküdar Q

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Bayezid II Mosque
Turkey

The Bayezid II Mosque (Türkçe. Beyazıt Camii, Bayezid Camii) is an Ot

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Divriği Great Mosque
Turkey

Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital (Turkish: Divriği Ulu Cami ve D

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Rüstem Pasha Mosque
Turkey

The Rüstem Pasha Mosque (Türkçe. Rüstem Pasha Camii) is an Ott

See all similar places