"Bezayit Camii" Beyazit District Tip by leics

Beyazit District, Istanbul: 5 reviews and 12 photos

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Beyazit Camii is the oldest imperial mosque still surviving in Istanbul. It dates from 1506 and has the most beautiful courtyard, with columns of porphyry, red granite and beautiful green marble.

Unfortunately, on my first visit in 2010 I could not go inside because it was nearing prayer-time. And in 2015 I found the whole mosque covered in scaffolding and boarded off for major restoration and renovation, with entry restricted only to those who wished to pray.

It looked to me as if the renovations are going to take a long time but, even so, Beyazit mosque is still well worth seeking out if you are visiting the area of the Grand Bazaar. It's set on Beyazit Meydam, a busy square just outside the entrance to Istanbul university, complete with cats, rather too many pigeons and elderly ladies selling seed with which to feed those pigeons.

It's an easy walk from the heart of historical Istanbul (Topkapi. Ayia Sofia, Hippodrom) or you can just take the tram which runs along Divan Yolu and then Yeniceriler Caddesi. Get off at the Beyazit stop.

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  • Updated Oct 4, 2015
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    planning to see this today! the Yeni Camii yesterday was so beautiful....great seeing the Ayo Sophia again and also the Blue Mosque and the little Hagia Sophia just down the road from our hotel

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jun 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      You are making me jealous.....

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Jun 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      sadly Beyazit is undergoing restoration and there is a workmans ceiling in place so cant see anything except the carpet....and much of the outside has been fenced off - but did enjoy seeing a lot of the Grand Bazaar and Book bazaar to get to it. Did see the Suleyman mosque and the cemetery through the windows in the wall to the cemetery with Suleymans tomb
      , sukol sahil mosque (but not the interior), the 1001 columns cistern (nothing as impressive as the Yerabatan cistern), the Rashem Pasha mosque (which was like you say superb tiles - which I love seeing!), the Spice Bazaar and then up the Galata tower and eventually found our way to apparently Istanbuls best baklava...Hopefully we can drive our way to the Chora church/museum tomorrow and maybe Fethiye mosque and the aqueduct...before driving up to Edirne...

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