"Sehzade Mosque" is one of the most notable mosques of "Sinan", attributed to be the first major large scale work after he had been appointed as the "chief architect".
The date that the construction of the mosque was started, is somewhat ambigious. Yet, the mosque is known to be built in the name of Sehzade Mehmet, son of Suleyman, who had suffered an unexpected and early death.
The mosque has a square based symmetrical plan and the courtyard is a square as big as the interior of the mosque. The dome is supported by four piers and flanked by four half domes on each side. The combination of the square plan and the dome surrounded by four half domes is unprecedented in Islamic architecture.
The imperial mausoleums (türbe) are noted for their lavish use of İznik tiles. The first and largest is the türbe of Sehzade Mehmet, an octagonal structure, with polychrome stonework and terracotta window frames and arches and an opus sectile porch. The double dome is fluted. An inscription in Persian verse over the door gives the date of the Prince's death and suggests that the interior of the türbe is like a garden in Paradise.
The interior is covered in extremely rare apple-green and lemon-yellow İznik tiles from floor to top of the interior dome, and the windows have stained glass. A curious feature of the türbe is a walnut baldachino over the tomb itself. Within the türbe are also the tombs of Mehmet's daughter Humusah Sultan and his brother Cihangir.
Built by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan in 1548, the Şehzade Camii (Prince's Mosque) was dedicated to crown prince Mehmet, the son of Soliman the Magnificent. This mosque is one of many works by Sinan, but was his first large scale project and considered one of his best. Like other grand mosques in Istanbul, Şehzade Camii (pronounced "Sheh-zadeh Dja-mee") is part of a complex that includes a caravanserai and a charitable organisation. The mosque is located next to the Valens Aqueduct.
The Sehzade Camii, one of the earliest works of Mimar Sinan, is a nice mosque showing the early development of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. It is set in nice, leafy grounds along Sehzade Basi Cad near Istanbul city hall and the Valens Aqueduct. Suleyman commissioned the mosque in memory of his son.
Shehzade Mehmet Camii was designed by the Mimar Sinan, who was the chief imperial architect under Sulemaniye the Great in the 16th century. His buildings are all over Istanbul and many are considered the epitomy of Ottoman architecture. Although not considered one of his best work, Shehzade Mehemt Camii was still pretty impressive and Rita and I immediately noticed a difference in the grandeur of the interior design compared to Beyazit Camii which we visited the day before.
Sulemaniye had this mosque built in honor of his son, Mehmeet, in 1548. It was the first important work in the long career (50 years) of Sinan. The interior makes good use of space and natural light which was very striking in the early morning hour (9am) of our visit. Although the interior is lacking of the beautiful Iznik tiles that are the signature of Sinan's more well-known works, we were struck by the grandeur of the multi-domed ceiling and feeling of immense space. It made us want to seek out other Sinan works during our visit.
We enjoyed walking through the exterior areas as well which has nicely landscaped grounds and a small cemetery with beautifully-carved headstones. The Aqueduct of Valens runs along a portion of the north side of the mosque grounds.