Found project: Tulip Mosque


    Project : Tulip Mosque

    Language variant : Laleli Camii

    Architect : Ağa, Mehmet Tahir

    Completion: 1763

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Ottoman architecture

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    Description :

    “The construction of monumental buildings did not grind to a halt despite the problems between 1770 and 1838*. Even during this period, members of the sultan’s family and leading officials built mosques and libraries, albeit somewhat smaller and more modest ones than those of earlier times. In fact, in the most successful examples the moderate size of the building contributed to its particular charm and elegance. One such edifice is the Laleli (Tulip) Mosque, which was built by Sultan Mustafa III (reign: 1757-74) and contains his mausoleum. It stands on a large, airy terrace, in the understorey of which there are many shops. It appears larger from the outside than from inside, as a special substructure supports the floor. Wide steps lead to the main entrance, and via a ramp the terrace is connected with the Divanyolu, still one of Istanbul’s main thoroughfares. This enabled the sultan to reach the terrace on horseback. He entered the mosque by a special entrance leading directly to his private box.”

    * Economical crisis

    Suraiya Faroqhi, Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and daily life in the Ottoman Empire, I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, London, 2007, p. 230.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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