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Şehzade Mosque Erdoğan Aktaş 20 March 2023

Şehzade Mosque

Şehzade Camii is a historic mosque located in the district of Fatih in Istanbul, Turkey. It was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in memory of his eldest son, Prince Mehmed, who died at a young age. The mosque was designed by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan and construction began in 1543, with the mosque being completed in 1548.

The Şehzade Camii has a distinctive architectural style, blending Ottoman and Byzantine influences. It features a large central dome, four semi-domes, and two minarets. The interior is decorated with intricate calligraphy and tile work, and the mihrab (prayer niche) is particularly noteworthy for its intricate decoration.

In addition to being a place of worship, the Şehzade Camii has also played an important role in Ottoman history. It was used as a royal mausoleum for several generations, and many members of the Ottoman royal family are buried in the mosque’s complex.

Today, the Şehzade Camii is open to visitors and remains an important cultural landmark in Istanbul. Its impressive architecture and historical significance make it a must-see destination for anyone interested in the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire.

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