New Mosque - Yeni Cami, Istanbul

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    New Mosque

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 6, 2013

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    The graceful New Mosque (Yeni Camii) is one of the buildings which dominate the skyline of Istanbul's Eminönü district. It was constructed between 1597 and 1663 after designs of the architect Davut Aga, who after his death in 1599 was replaced by Dalgic Ahmed Cavus.

    The building which is nowadays the Egyptian Spice Market was once the mosque's market.

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    The New Mosque is situated near the southern end of the Galata Bridge in Istanbul's Eminönü district.

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    Yeni Camii

    by MalenaN Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Yeni Camii is an impressive mosque in Eminönü. It is built in the same style as the blue mosque and Süleymaniye mosque and it really worth a visit.
    There are a lot of pigeons outside the mosque and pigeons sitting on the edge above the courtyard (be careful when you sit down!).

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    YENI CAMI (NEW MOSQUE)

    by balhannah Updated Jan 31, 2011

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    This Mosque is another huge one, and is quite imposing.
    It is at the center of a complex which contained the mosque, a primary school, fountains, the summer house of the sovereign and a mausoleum. All but the primary school is standing today. The outer courtyard was removed because of progress and on the side of the Egyptian Bazaar there is an inner courtyard.

    The mosque, a square plan, is entered by a flight of steps through three separate doors. The main dome rests on four half-domes as well as four arches and four elephant feet decorated with glazed tiles. In total, there are 66 domes, including four in the corners and those on the side of the mausoleum and bridge, which are surrounded by columns. Construction of this Mosque began in 1597, but it was abandoned for nearly 50 years, before being completely finished in 1663.

    The complex includes the mausoleum of Hatice Turhan Sultan, in which five sultans and a large number of royalties make up the largest burial site of the bloodline of the Ottomans. Besides Hatice Turhan Sultan, there are the graves of Sultan Mehmed IV Sultan Osman III, Sultan Mustafa II, Sultan Ahmed III and Sultan Mahmud I.

    ADMISSION IS FREE, remember Ladies to cover your head, and everybody to remove their shoes before entering.
    OPEN 9am - Dusk daily
    I thought this Mosque was really nice and worth the visit.

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    Yeni Camii - Beautiful Waterfront Setting

    by Donna_in_India Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    The Yeni Camii (New Mosque) was designed by the architect Da'ud Aga, a pupil of the great architect Sinan. It was started in 1597 by Safiye, the mother of Mehmet III. Building was suspended when Safiye lost her position after the death of her son. It was finally completed in 1663 when Mehmet IV's mother Turhan Haddice took over the project.

    The current location is beautiful - located on the south end of the Galata Bridge overlooking the harbor of the Golden Horn - but at the time construction began, it was considered a poor neighborhood.

    Yeni Camii has an amazing 66 domes, most of which you cannot see. Although it was built after the period of Ottoman architecture, it shares many of the same traits. It has a large courtyard, and once had a school, hospital, and public bath.

    The interior is decorated with gold, marble, and Iznik tiles dating from the 17th century. By that time the quality of the tiles was in decline and there are more striking tiles (lunettes) in this mosque.

    The mosque ritual here was a little different in that your feet are not allowed to touch the outside ground at all. You had to balance yourself to remove your shoe and step directly onto a mat at the doorway. Removing the second shoe was tricky. One shoeless foot on the mat, one foot in the air as you’re trying to yank your shoe off before landing on the mat with your shoe still on!

    The mosque is open dawn to dusk. Entry restricted during prayer time, especially mid-day Fridays.

    No entry fee.

    Hundreds of pigeons make their nests in the mosque and you can buy pigeon food at the stalls on the waterside if you want to be surrounded by hundreds of pigeons!

    The mosque is located near the entrance to the Egyptian/Spice Bazaar and across from a pet/garden market. Several cafes across from the mosque as well - nice place for a tea break!

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    Yeni Cami ( New Mosque !!!)

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    The new mosque is a little older than USA ....It is located in Eminönü Square next to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Construction of the mosque was started in honour of Sultan Mehmed III's mother and Sultan Murad III's wife Safiye Sultan in 1597. The architect, Architect Davud Aga, began working on the design of the mosque until Dalgiç Ahmed Aða took over after 1598. The mosque was only half-finished when Sultan Ahmed I came to the throne. Construction began again at the initiative of Sultan Mehmed IV's mother, Hatice Turhan Sultan, in 1661. It was completed in 1663, with Mustafa Aga as the architect.
    The complex contained a mosque, a primary school, fountains, the summer house of the sovereign and a mausoleum. On the side of the Egyptian Bazaar is an inner courtyard containing 18 pillars, 21 domes, three doors and a beautiful reservoir for ablutions. The area for late-arriving worshippers has eight pillars, nine domes and is covered with glazed tiles up to the base of the windows on the second floor. Above the windows can be seen the calligraphy of Hattat Tenekecizade Mustafa Çelebi.It has a square plan. The main dome rests on four half-domes as well as four arches and four elephant feet decorated with glazed tiles. There are a total of 66 domes, including four in the corners and those on the side of the mausoleum and bridge, which are surrounded by columns. The mosque niche and pulpit are made of white marble, and the left of the niche is decorated with a mosaic of gems. The complex includes the mausoleum of Hatice Turhan Sultan, in which five sultans and a large number of royalty make up the largest burial site of the bloodline of the Ottomans. Besides Hatice Turhan Sultan, there are the graves of Sultan Mehmed IV, Sultan Osman III, Sultan Mustafa II, Sultan Ahmed III and Sultan Mahmud I. The dome which covers the mausoleum has a diameter of more than 15 meters.

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    Yeni Camii - New Mosque

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 15, 2012

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    Our visit to the New Mosque was with our tour group and we were made very welcome. Shoes must be removed before entry.

    This is a very beautiful mosque, large with towering walls and highly decorated ceiling. We were there for approximately 30 minutes , enough time to view everything. We were allowed to take photos.

    Construction of the mosque commenced during 1597 by Safiye, mother of Mehmet III, but was suspended upon his death. The mosque was not completed until 1663.

    The Spice Bazaar is close by and best to combine with this visit.

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    Yeni Mosque

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated May 10, 2009

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    The New Valide Mosque complex is located opposite the Egyptian Bazaar in the Eminönü district. Its construction had been started on behalf of Safiye Sultan, a wife of Sultan Murad III in 1597, and after its construction was stopped. It was restarted to be built by Valide Tarhan Sultan, mother of IV Mehmet and it was opened to the public in 1663. Around a central dome, the ceiling of the mosque is surrounded by four half-domes that have the same diameter and are covered by many large and smaller mixed domes together.

    The mosque has two minarets with each having three-shrefes (minaret balcony). The frame of the inner courtyard has twenty-two small domes and three entrance doors with domes in three different directions. There is a fountain made of marble with a dome in the middle of the inner courtyard.

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    Yeni Mosque Interiors

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 10, 2009

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    The interior of the mosque is a square 41 meters on each side. The central area is defined by four large piers which are the main support for the dome. On the sides and rear of the central area are colonnades of slender marble columns connected by arches in a variety of styles. The dome is 17.5 meters in diameter and has a height of 36 meters.

    The interior of the mosque is decorated with blue, green and white Ýznik tiles, which are considered somewhat inferior in quality to tiles in earlier imperial mosques. The mihrab is decorated with gilded stalactites and the mimbar had a conical canopy with slender marble columns.

    You can watch my 4 min 43 sec HQ Video Istanbul Yeni Mosque out of my Youtube channel with the recitation of sura At-Dhariyat - English.

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    IT S NOT NEW BUT IT WAS NEW 400 YEARS AGO

    by neodue Updated Nov 23, 2008

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    One of the best examples of Ottoman Architecture in Istanbul.It s in the rigth of the middle the commercial centre.Next to the goldern horn.It s a complex with Egyptian Market between those two buildings there is a EMINONU SQUARE .Also it s famous with it s pigeons.This mosque is the best known mosque for Istanbullers.It s really in the down town of commercial heart of Istanbul.It s one of the best example of the Ottoman Arcitecture inside the city.I have visited it last nigth and that was cold and windy November nigth.

    The first stage in construction of the mosque started in 1597 with a decree by Safiye Sultan, the wife of Sultan Murad III. The original architect was Davut Aga, an apprentice to the great Mimar Sinan. However, Davut Aga died in 1599 and was replaced by Dalgic Ahmed Cavus.

    The project was hampered by political disconnect, and its location and monetary implications created dissent in the court. The Eminönü neighborhood was the city's foremost commercial center, and home to a predominantly Jewish population. In situating the mosque there, Safiye Sultan hoped to extend the sphere of Islamic influence within the city, capitalizing on the growing discontent of local and foreign merchants with the growing power and influence of their Jewish counterparts, which gave the Sultan an easy justification for confiscating their property. However, the vast monetary outlay drew sharp criticism. In particular, the Janissaries resented the growing political power of the Valide Sultan, and believed the mosque to be an unnecessary expenditure. Safiye Sultan was forced to abandon the project upon Mehmet III's death. The new Sultan Ahmed I had no interest in pursuing the project after Safiye Sultan was relegated to the harem and the construction was abandoned.

    The partially constructed structure fell into ruins, and was largely destroyed by a fire in 1660. Later that year, the imperial architect Mustafa Aga suggested that Valide Turhan Hadice, mother of Sultan Mehmet IV, complete the project as a work of piety. The mosque was finally finished in 1663, and inaugurated in 1665.

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    Mosque - Market and More

    by mariocibelli Written Oct 18, 2003

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    The New Mosque is in a great position as it is next to the Egyptian Market and just behind the waterfront where one can get one of those great grilled fidh sandwiches or people watch on the Galata Bridge, it is also in the midst of a great imprmptu market selling everything you could imagine. The mosque itself is beautiful and not full of tourists as is Blue and Suly Mosques.

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    The new mosque (Yeni Camii)

    by Bigjones Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    Located right next to the ferry terminal at Eminonu, this mosque is surrounded by noise and street vendors of all types. But once you get inside, you're struck by the peace and unbelievable beauty. This mosque is called "the new mosque" because it's the most recent one and not because it's new - it was actually completed in 1663. The entire interior is tiled with Iznik tiles, mainly blue and white. The light coming in the dome, the quiet, and the huge open space make it really favourable for prayer (even for the tourists !).

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    Yeni Camii

    by maykal Written Feb 5, 2006

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    Built in the late 1500s, and therefore "only" being 400 odd years old, this striking mosque is known as Yeni Camii or New Mosque. Overlooking the Eminonu docks and the Galata bridge, the square outside this mosque is always teeming with life. To reach it from the bridge, you have to navigate your way through the crowds of shoppers buying the most amazing tack in the underpass...belly-dancing barbies were the "must have" of 2005, it seemed. In the square, you can buy seed to throw to the pigeons, barter over a Turkish flag, be entertained by a dondurma seller as he clowns around with thick dollops of that special stringy icecream, or relax over a tea in the courtyard of the nearby Misir Carsisi (Spice Bazaar).

    At night, Yeni Camii is brightly lit. I recommend a walk around Eminonu early evening, watching the fishermen on Galata Bridge, before heading to the boats where fish are grilled on board and served in a sandwich. Street hawkers abound here, and in amongst the tack and rubbish, you can find some good buys here.

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    New Mosque

    by manuelEB Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    Do you call new a mosque that is four hundred and six years old? They do. This is the Yeni Cami Mosque. I was told that the locals call it pigeon mosque. Wacht out!

    You must see the way to become very active in learning a bit about other cultures and abandonnig false supremacist poses...

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    Yeni Camii

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Feb 17, 2007

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    If you are crossing the Galata Bridge on your way to the Eminönü side, one of the most eye-catching sights you will see is Yeni Camii, also called the New Mosque. It's sort of an amusing name to visitors when they find out that the "New" Mosque is almost 350 years old! :) It was actually first commissioned in 1597 by the mother of Sultan Mehmet III, Valide Safiye. After the Sultan's death in 1603, work on the mosque was stopped. Construction of the mosque did not continue again until 6 Sultan's later when Mehmet IV came to power. His mother, Valide Turhan Hadice, had the mosque recommissioned, and it was completed in 1663. The full name of the mosque is quite appropriately Yeni Valide Camii, or the "New Queen Mother's Mosque". With it's main dome surrounded by several smaller domes, and two towering minarets, the mosque's unique exterior indeed is a standout along the Eminönü shore of the Golden Horn. Inside of the mosque, there is beautifully decorated ceramic tiles all along the columns, walls & ceilings, and several chandeliers hang from above, illuminating the prayer rooms. Also on the grounds are the gravesites of of 4 sultans, including Mehmet IV, along with his mother, Valide Turhan Hadice.

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    Yeni Camii

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 27, 2012

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    This translates as the "new Mosque". New in Istanbul standards means 400 years old. This Mosque is directly on the Golden horn water front by the Spice market. Its small by Istanbul standards but its position on the waterfront gives it a large presence in the Istanbul Skyline.

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