Monday, December 10, 2018


Zeyrek, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'20.8"N 28°57'08.7"E / 41.022444, 28.952417


Yarhisar Camii, the second oldest mosque in the city, apparently pre-dated only by Sağrıcılar Camii. According to the register of pious foundations (Hayrat Kaydı) this mosque was built in 1461; its founder Musliheddin Mustafa Efendi was Judge of Istanbul in Fatih’s reign.

It was once a handsome edifice, built entirely of ashlar stone, its square chamber covered by a dome on pendentives, preceded by a porch with two domes and three columns.

It was burned in the great fire of 1917 which consumed most of this district, but even in its ruined state it was a fine and dignified structure. In 1954-6 the building was restored, with a thin veneer of brick and stone, Byzantine, covering the original structure, and the interior was redecorated.


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