A dazzling destination packed to the brim with ancient monuments, Turkey straddles Asia and Europe. The country is known for a beautiful amalgamation of historic monuments, natural scenery and cultural extravaganza. Tourists from across the world head to this destination to experience its vibrant culture, famous food, and vast history. Besides, glorious landscapes and mighty mountains add to its charm. Witness Byzantine and Ottoman glories of Istanbul on a city break, relax on the beach, delve into history wandering through ruins of Ephesus, or visit Pamukkale and Cappadocia, Turkey is an attraction galore.
Besides an array of landmarks and tourist attractions, the city also boasts of some breathtaking mosques which are more than prayer halls. Here are some of the most majestic mosques that you can visit in Turkey.
Grand Mosque of Bursa
Grand Mosque of Bursa is a renowned mosque in Turkey built between 1396 and 1399. A true marvel of the Ottoman architecture, the mosque is heavily influenced by the Seljuk architectural style. The walls exhibit calligraphy and columns of the mosque display Islamic calligraphy. Built in rectangular structure, the mosque contains 2 minarets and 20 domes.
Selimiye Mosque, Edirne
Selimiye Mosque is a magnanimous structure sprawling across 28,500 sq.m. Built by the Mimar Sinan for Sultan Selim II of Edrine, the mosque is so big that it can accommodate 6,000 people in its prayer hall. The mosque has been touted as a masterpiece by Mimar Sinan himself. The majestic mosque was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2011.
New Mosque is one of the last and the largest mosque in Turkey and was built by the Ottoman family. The mosque was originally named as Valide Sultan Mosque. The structure and design of the mosque as a complex serves the religious as well as cultural purpose.
Suleymaniye Mosque is another masterstroke by the great architect, Mimar Sinan. Built between 1550 and 1558 upon the order of Suleyman, the mosque is one of the biggest in Turkey. The Ottoman imperial mosque is close to the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar. The public called it the “mosque that will remain forever” as a testament to its robust structure.
(Curated by Priya Pareek)