Ordered by the daughter of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman, it is part of a kulliye
which is masterfully integrated into a sloping site which reaches down to the
sea shore and includes a medrese, a guesthouse, a refection hall, a primary
school and tombs that were added later on. The guesthouse and the refectory were
destroyed bya fire in 1722.
The first mosque to be designed with a semi dome by Sinan, this building has
its main dome supported by semidomes on three sides, with the effect of widening the inner space. As one finds oneself under the dome as soon as one en-
ters the mosque, the feeling of depth is very limited. But one is also immediately surrounded by the ambient bare space. An extra covering has been added in
front of the middle part of the latecomers' porch, which softens the hardness of
the entrance facade. The mihrab front is particularly successful, with its
semidome, exedras and small cupolas, its graded wall and its round and arched
Above text and pictures are from the book titled "Turkish Art and Architecture in Anatolia and Mimar Sinan".
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