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Sinan The Architect :: The Atik Valide Comlex, Uskudar

This very large kulliye was built for Princess Nurbanu. Nurbanu Sultan was the mother of Murad III and the wife of Selim II (son and successor of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman). Built again on sloping ground, it includes a mosque, a medrese, a tekke (dervish lodge), a dar-ul kurra and a dar-ul hadis, a hospital, a guesthouse, a kervansaray (with very large stables, including camel stables, being situated on the Anatolian shore), a refection hall, a hamam and a primary school. The buildings are situated on different levels, with the refectory, guesthouse, kervansaray and hospital forming an important autonomous social unit, separated from the group formed by the mosque, medrese and tekke by a street. The school is situated on an elevated storey, with a street passing through the void created below. Apart from the mosque, medrese and tekke, the buildings have lost much of their original appearance because of the misuses they have suffered at different times.


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