Yeni Cami - New Mosque, Istanbul

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    New Mosque, Yeni Camii, Istanbul, TR
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    New Mosque, Yeni Camii, Istanbul, TR
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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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    New Mosque, Yeni Camii, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written May 24, 2013

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    The Yeni Cami, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.

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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. Like many other Ottoman imperial mosques, on the 4 corners where the dome meets the pillars holding it up, are calligraphic plates with the names of the first four khalifahs, Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali. The interior space is extended with semi-domes along the east-west axis of the building, with smaller domes above each corner of the nave and even smaller domes above the corners of the galleries.

    The northeast corner of the gallery has a gilded screen, behind which members of the imperial court could attend services. This Royal Loge is connected by a long elevated passageway to a Royal Pavilion in the northeast corner of the mosque complex.

    The interior of the mosque is decorated with blue, green and white İznik 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.

    As with other imperial mosques in Istanbul, the New Mosque was designed as a kulliye, or complex with adjacent structures to service both religious and cultural needs. The original complex consisted of the mosque itself, a hospital, primary school, public baths, Türbe, two public fountains and a market. To this complex was added a library during the reign of Sultan Ahmet III.

    The large L-shaped market survives today as the Egyptian Bazaar (also known as the "Spice Bazaar"), a well-known Istanbul tourist attraction.

    The mausoleum (turbe) holds the graves of the Valide Sultan Turhan Hadice, her son Mehmet IV as well as five later sultans (Mustafa II, Ahmet II, Mahmut I, Osman III and Murat V) and various members of the court.

    Ongoing restoration and maintenance works are implemented by the Turkish General Directorate of Foundations.

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    Imposing Location

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    It is not one of the top mosques, so with our limited time, it was another skipped monument (I don't know if entrance is allowed to tourists).

    Seen from the harbour its sight is wonderful standing as a first plan in a spectacular panorama, with the top monuments showing here and there atop the hill.

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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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    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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    Pera palace hotel is a famous historical Istanbul hotel, full of famous people, who stayed here: Ernest Hemingway, Greta Garbo, King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, Alfred Hitchcock and other.

    Anyway, the most with this hotel associated person is thriller writer Agata Christie. Possible, staying in hotel was a inspiration to write famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express".

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    Yeni mosque

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2012

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    The construction of Yeni mosque (means “New mosque) lasted for 66 years to complete (from 1597 to 1663). It was mostly due to deaths of supporters, a problem in financial, political fields. Three different architects time by time designed it, one of whom was pupil of famous Sinan.

    Interior of mosque is decorated with blue, green, and white Iznik tiles. Exterior is quite nice on, especially looking when it is sunshine from the Galata bridge side or after crossing the other bank.

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    YENII CAMII/NEW MOSQUE

    by mtncorg Updated Nov 20, 2011

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    Situated across the street from the south end of the Galata Bridge in the heart of the Eminönü district, the Yenii Camii was begun in 1597 at the bequest of the Safiye Sultan, the wife of Murad III. The district was predominately Jewish at that time and it was hoped a new Imperial mosque established in the heart of the district would spread the spirit of Islam. The vast costs involved – the Turkish armies were losing wars with the Persians and the Hapsburgs during Murad III’s reign – and political intrigue on the part of the Janissaries who resented the power of the Valide Sultan. Murad III died in 1595 but as the Valid Sultan – Mother of the Sultan, Safiye became a de facto co-regent of the empire for some eight years. That son, Mehmed III, died in 1603 and Ahmed I gained the throne. Along with came another Valide – Handan Sultana who had Safiye sent back to the general harem. Ahmed had no interest in finishing the Yenii Camii spending his architectural tendencies on the creation of the Blue Mosque instead.

    During Ahmed’s reign, his wife Kösem Sultan began her long period of influence. Osman II ruled briefly for four years with the death of Ahmed, but he was murdered when he chose to try and attempt the influence of the Janissaries whom he blamed for a battle defeat at the hands of the Poles. Mustafa I succeeded Osman but quickly proved he was mentally incapable of ruling and was supplanted by Kösem’s son Murad IV. Murad ascended the throne at an age of only 11 and power was held by Kösem for the first nine years of his rule – a period marked by anarchy. He ruled in his own name from 1632 until his death at only 27 years of age in 1640. His brother Ibrahim I then took over. Murad had realized that his brother was mentally unstable and had ordered him to be killed upon his own death, but those wishes were disregarded and Kösem basically took over again for another eight years. Ibrahim – and Kösem – brought the empire almost to a state of collapse. At one point Ibrahim tried to have all 280 women in his harem drowned in the Bosphorus but at least two survived. One was his wife Turhan Hatice whom we will shortly get back to.

    Ibrahim was finally strangled in 1648 and Mehmed IV – son of Turhan Hatice – took over at the age of only 6. This meant more of Kösem who continued to rule on behalf of her grandson. She hoped to replace Mehmed with another grandson when she realized she was going to have problems with Turhan. In fact, Turhan proved to be Kösem’s equal in the realm of intrigue and in 1651 Kösem was strangled opening the door for Turhan’s regency. She transferred power to Köprülü Mehmed Pasha when he became grand vizier in 1656.

    Meanwhile, the uncompleted mosque had fallen into ruin and had been partially destroyed by a fire in 1660. Now, Turhan turned her attention from politics to building and at the suggestion of the Imperial Architect Mustafa Aga, the mosque was finally completed in 1665. The mosque plan was based upon the designs of the Shehzade and Sultan Ahmed mosques. Part of the mosque complex was a large market which survives today as the Egyptian Bazaar or better known as the Spice Market. The mausoleum of the Yenii Camii holds the graves of Turhan Hatice, her son Mehmed IV and five later sultans – Mustafa II, Ahmet II, Mahmut I and Murat V. The Yenii Camii is the only Imperial mosque instigated and completed at a woman’s bequest.

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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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    Tomb of Valide Sultan Turhan Hatice

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 2, 2010
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    This tomb is located close to the New Mosque as it contains the grave of the mother of Sultan Mehmet IV who finished the construction of the mosque after it fell into ruin. The tomb also holds the graves of her son Mehmet IV as well as five later sultans (Mustafa II, Ahmet II, Mahmut I, Osman III and Murat V) and various members of the court.

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    New Mosque

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 2, 2010
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    The New Mosque is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge and is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The construction of the mosque first began in 1597. It was ordered by Safiye Sultan, who was 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. Construction was then halted and then it fell into ruins before being destroyed by fire in 1660. Later that year, the imperial architect Mustafa Aga suggested that Valide Turhan Hatice, mother of Sultan Mehmet IV, should complete the project as a work of piety. The mosque was finally finished in 1663.

    The exterior of the mosque itself boasts sixty-six domes and semi domes in a pyramidal arrangement, as well as two minarets. The main dome measures thirty-six meters in height while it measures 17.5 meters in diameter.

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    Turhan Hatice Sultan Türbesi

    by MM212 Updated Feb 22, 2010
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    Situated on the grounds of the 17th century Yeni Valide Camii (New Mother Mosque), this mausoleum is named after the Sultan's mother, Turhan Hatice Sultan, who built the mosque itself. The domed structure dates from the same period as the mosque and contains not only the tomb of Turhan Hatice Sultan, but also those of five Ottoman Sultans and other members of their family. The mausoleum is an impressive piece of architecture, an arcaded, multi-domed portico leads into a square domed chamber whose walls are covered with exquisite Iznik tiles. Note that shoes must be taken off before entering the mausoleum and women may have to wear a scarf (?).

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    Yeni Valide Camii

    by MM212 Updated Feb 22, 2010

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    The New Mosque (Yeni Camii in Turkish) occupies the prominent position at the end of Galata Bridge in the older part of Istanbul. It was originally commissioned in 1597 by Safiye Sultan, the mother of Sultan Mehmet III, but construction was halted when she lost her executive powers upon her son's death in 1603. The work was restarted and completed in 1663 by Turhan Hatice Sultan, the mother of Sultan Mehmed IV, which explains the full name of the mosque "New Mother Mosque" (Yeni Valide Camii). The neighbouring Egyptian (Spice) Market was constructed concurrently with the mosque to provide revenues to support its charitable functions. The interior of Yeni Camii is as impressive as any in Istanbul and is covered with beautiful Iznik tiles. Though hardly noticeable, it is said that the completion of the mosque came at the beginning of the decline of Ottoman power and its imperial architecture.

    For more photos, go to the travelogue: "Yeni Camii".

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    The New Mosque (Eminonu)

    by PierreZA Written Sep 24, 2009

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    Although it is called the New Mosque, it dates from the 1500 - 1600’s. It is a massive mosque, visited by many worshippers. The interior is very beautiful - you should have a look.

    Despite being a very busy, working mosque, non-muslims can visit the mosque.

    Yeni Mosque is located in Eminönü Square next to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

    Remember the dress codes and rules when visiting a mosque.

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    New mosque

    by asgard Updated May 26, 2009
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    La Mezquita Nueva o Mezquita Yuni (en turco, Yeni Cami) es una mezquita situada en el distrito de Eminönü, Estambul, Turquía. La mezquita situada en el Cuerno de Oro al sur del Puente Gálata siendo una de las vistas más conocidas de la ciudad.
    La primera fase da la construcción de la mezquita se inicia en 1597 por un decreto de Safiye Sultan, mujer del Sultán Murad III. Davut Aga, aprendiz del arquitecto imperial Mimar Sinan, fue elegido arquitecto de la mezquita puesto que desempeño hasta su muerte en 1599. Tras su fallecimiento fue sustituido por Ahmed Cavus.

    El proyecto tuvo que enfrentarse a varios problemas. El primero fue el rechazo de la clase política a la construcción del templo. El emplazamiento también originó controversia. La instalación cercana de Eminönü, primer centro comercial de la ciudad, habitado mayoritariamente por judíos. La comunidad judía vio la construcción como un intento de Safiye de extender la influencia islámica. Al final logró el apoyo de los comerciantes locales y extranjeros que competían con los judíos.

    El gran gasto económico que su puso su construcción fue otro problema con el que se encontró el proyecto. El elevado coste de las obras recibió la crítica de la clase política en especial de los jenízaros que recelaban del poder, cada vez mayor, de la Válida del Sultán. Al final lograron que el proyecto se abandonara tras la muerte de Mehmed III. El nuevo sultán Ahmed I no tenía ningún interés en la finalización del proyecto después de que relegaran a Safiye al harem y la construcción fue abandonada.

    La estructura existente fue deteriorándose hasta que quedó en ruinas siendo destruida en gran parte en un incendio en 1660. Ese mismo año Mustafa Aga, arquitecto imperial, sugirió a Turhan Hadice, madre del sultán Mehmet IV, terminar el proyecto como obra de piedad. La mezquita finalmente fue acabada en 1663, e inaugurada en 1665.

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