"Beyazit Mosque" Beyazit Mosque Tip by Hopkid

Beyazit Mosque, Istanbul: 14 reviews and 41 photos

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  • Beyazit Mosque - Istanbul
  • Outside entrance to inner courtyard - Istanbul
      Outside entrance to inner courtyard
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  • Inner courtyard and ablutions fountain - Istanbul
      Inner courtyard and ablutions fountain
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  • Prayer Hall - Istanbul
      Prayer Hall
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  • Ceiling in Prayer Hall - Istanbul
      Ceiling in Prayer Hall
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On our first day in Istanbul we decided to walk down Ordu Caddesi to Sultanahmet. We soon came upon Beyazit Square and the large mosque that shares the space with the main gate to Istanbul University. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century and was the second imperial mosque in the city after Fatih Camii. We couldn't resist taking a peek inside as it would be the first time either of us had been in a working mosque. Entering through a gate leads you to the inner courtyard with the ablutions fountain (where worshippers ceremoniously wash before praying) in the center. Then you enter the prayer hall through a main entrance, taking your shoes off prior to entering.

While the exterior is a bit dark and unassuming (despite its grand presence in the square), the interior is the direct opposite. The prayer hall is a large open space with very high ceilings capped off by ornately-decorated domes. Stained glass windows allow in natural light an a series of circular iron standards hang from the ceiling with electric lamps that used to hold candles once upon a time. The colors and openness of the space is fascinating and the basic design is one that is repeated throughout other mosques in Istanbul.

Address: Beyazit Square, Yeniceriler Caddesi
Directions: Just west of the Grand Bazaar on the east end of Beyazit Square; use tram stop Beyazit.
Phone: 212.519.36.44

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 19, 2008
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