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"BAYEZID CAMII/MOSQUE" Beyazit Mosque Tip by mtncorg

Beyazit Mosque, Istanbul: 14 reviews and 41 photos

  Beyazid Camii -tombs and book bazaar to left
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  • Beyazid Camii -tombs and book bazaar to left - Istanbul
      Beyazid Camii -tombs and book bazaar to left
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  • Entrance to the Camii - Istanbul
      Entrance to the Camii
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  • Beyazid Camii from entrance to Istanbul University - Istanbul
      Beyazid Camii from entrance to Istanbul University
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This was the second Imperial mosque to be built within Istanbul. Completed in 1506 by the order of Sultan Beyazid II, it is now the oldest surviving imperial complex since the oldest , Faith, built by his father Mehmet II, was destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt in a completely different style.

The mosque was constructed of stone and marble taken from nearby Byzantine ruins and is found next to the main entrance to Istanbul University . Next to the mosque is a garden where the tomb of Bayzid II can be found. The Sahaflar Çarþýsý/Old Book Bazaar is located on the southeast side of the mosque – rents from the shops were originally intended to support the mosque. On the west side of the mosque is Beyazid Meydaný/Square which was formerly the Forum of Theodosius, the traditional center of Constantinople.

Bayezid may have played a role in the death of his father though some of Mehmet’s doctors were also implicated. Beyazid is remembered for sending his navy to Spain in 1492 to rescue Arabs and Sephardic Jews who were being expelled as a result of the Spanish Inquistion. He let the refugees settle in the Empire and made them Ottoman citizens. Chiding some of his advisers who spoke well of the Spanish monarchs, “You venture to call Ferdinand a wise ruler, he who has impoverished his own country and enriched mine!”

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  • Written Nov 15, 2011
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