"Bezayit Camii" Beyazit District Tip by leics
Beyazit District, Istanbul: 5 reviews and 12 photos
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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