"Nuruosmaniye Camii" Nuruosmaniye Camii Mosque Tip by MM212

Nuruosmaniye Camii Mosque, Istanbul: 9 reviews and 34 photos

  Dome of Nuruosmaniye Mosque - Aug 2004
by MM212
  • Dome of Nuruosmaniye Mosque - Aug 2004 - Istanbul
      Dome of Nuruosmaniye Mosque - Aug 2004
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  • Byzantine-style interior - Aug 2004 - Istanbul
      Byzantine-style interior - Aug 2004
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  • Nuruosmaniye Camii in a blizzard - Jan 2010 - Istanbul
      Nuruosmaniye Camii in a blizzard - Jan 2010
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  • Mosque entrance & fountain - Jan 2010 - Istanbul
      Mosque entrance & fountain - Jan 2010
    by MM212

Commissioned by Sultan Mahmut I in 1748, the Nuruosmaniye Camii was the first mosque to be built in the Ottoman Baroque style. It was designed by the architects Mustafa Ağa and Simeon Kalfa and marked a turning point in Ottoman architecture when European influences began to penetrate construction, thus creating an interesting blend of European floral motifs and Islamic geometric designs. In addition, the mosque's lofty interior drew inspiration from Byzantine design, particularly the Hagia Sophia. Construction of the mosque was not completed until 1755, during the reign of Sultan Osman III, whose name was attached to it (Nuruosmaniye = Light of Osman). Like most other Ottoman mosques, this one is in fact a complex containing a school a fountain and a charitable kitchen. The Nuruosmaniye Mosque is ajacent to the Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) just outside its Nuruosmaniye Gate. During my visit in January 2010 (in a blizzard), this mosque was undergoing a restoration project - see attached photos.

Address: Vezirhani Caddesi, Beyazit
Directions: Near Nuruosmaniye entrance of Kapalıçarşı (the Grand Bazaar)
Website: http://harika.istanbul.gov.tr/Default.aspx?pid=12888

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2010
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