Found project: New Mosque


    Project : New Mosque

    Language variant : Yeni Camii

    Architect : Ağa & Çavuş & Ağa

    Completion: 1665 (consecration)

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Ottoman architecture

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    Description :

    “Emiönü is dominated by the great edifice known as Yeni Cami, the New Mosque. The first mosque on this site was commissioned c.1600 by the Valide Sultan Safiye, mother of Mehmet III (1595-1603). Construction was halted in 1603 when Mehmet III died, for his mother then lost her power in the Harem and was unable to complete her mosque. The half-finished mosque stood desolate on the Golden Horn until 1660, when construction was resumed by Turhan Hadice, mother of Mehmet IV, who appointed Mustafa Ağa as the chief architect. The mosque was dedicated on 6 November 1663, with the Sultan escorting his mother to the royal loge of the building for the first Friday prayers. The French traveler Grelot, who was present at the dedication, wrote that Turhan Hadice was ‘one of the greatest and most brilliant ladies who ever entered the Saray’, and that it was fitting that she ‘should leave to posterity a jewel of Ottoman architecture as an eternal monument to her generous enterprises.”

    John Freely, The companion guide to Istanbul and around Marmara, Companion Guides, Woodbridge, 2000, p. 17.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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