"Sehzade Mehmet Camii" Sehzade Mehmet Mosque - Prince's Mosque Tip by Hopkid

Shehzade Mehmet Camii was designed by the Mimar Sinan, who was the chief imperial architect under Sulemaniye the Great in the 16th century. His buildings are all over Istanbul and many are considered the epitomy of Ottoman architecture. Although not considered one of his best work, Shehzade Mehemt Camii was still pretty impressive and Rita and I immediately noticed a difference in the grandeur of the interior design compared to Beyazit Camii which we visited the day before.

Sulemaniye had this mosque built in honor of his son, Mehmeet, in 1548. It was the first important work in the long career (50 years) of Sinan. The interior makes good use of space and natural light which was very striking in the early morning hour (9am) of our visit. Although the interior is lacking of the beautiful Iznik tiles that are the signature of Sinan's more well-known works, we were struck by the grandeur of the multi-domed ceiling and feeling of immense space. It made us want to seek out other Sinan works during our visit.

We enjoyed walking through the exterior areas as well which has nicely landscaped grounds and a small cemetery with beautifully-carved headstones. The Aqueduct of Valens runs along a portion of the north side of the mosque grounds.

Address: Sehzadebasi Caddesi, Kalenderhane
Directions: Corner of Sehzadebasi and Dede Efendi Caddesis and across Sehzadebasi Caddesi from Istanbul City Hall.

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2008
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