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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    New Mosque, Yeni Camii, Istanbul, TR
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    Wonderful tiled walls

    by vtveen Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    New Mosque: tiled wall

    The walls of the New Mosque are wonderful tiled with the famous colourful Iznik tiles.

    Because we were allowed to enter the sultan's balcony we could make a couple of beautiful pics. There is a wonderful view on the ground floor.

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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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    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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    YENII CAMII/NEW MOSQUE

    by mtncorg Updated Nov 20, 2011

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    Ramazan at the Yeni Cami
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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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    by Raimix Updated Feb 7, 2012

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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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    only 4 centuries old: the NEW MOSQUE

    by smeagol13 Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    construction started in 1559, and contunied for a half century. but at the end, it became a great architectural success; and it shaped the skyline of Istanbul along with the Suleymaniye Mosque.

    if we consider the interior look of the mosques, for me, New Mosques is the best among the ones in Istanbul.

    it is weel known with a huge number of pigeons around it.

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    New Mosque (Yeni Cami)

    by cherrytomato Written Jan 3, 2009

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    It's a beautiful Mosque built in the 17th century. The interior of this Mosque which have beautiful examples of the ottoman tile work can be compared with the Blue Mosque.
    Usually there're lots of flocking doves near this Mosque and you can even buy some millet and feed them.

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    New mosque

    by ophiro Written Jul 28, 2005

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    New mosque from Galata bridge

    The new mosque (Yeni Camii) is a big mosque just in front of the Eminonu pier and very close to the egyptian spices bazaar.
    The square in front of the mosque is always full with tourists , street vendors and pigeons.

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    Interior of Yeni Camii

    by MalenaN Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Yeni meens new and camii meens mosque, but this "new mosque" is about 400 years old.
    The interior is richly decorated with Iznik tiles and carvings. And there are many nice windows around the great dome.

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    Yenicamii

    by elcolibri Updated Aug 1, 2003

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    The Yeni Camii (New Mosque) was built between 1597 and 1663 facing the harbor at Eminonu overlooking the incoming ferryboats to the old part of the city. The mosque was originally commissioned by Sultan Mehmet III. in memory of his mother Safiye Sultan, wife of Sultan Murad III, but logically he never saw it finished. Today its domes and arches shelter hundreds of pigeons who make their home in this area . It is near the Egyptian Market.

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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.

    Here is my HD Video for "Eminonu New Mosque" ... :
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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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    The New Mosque

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 8, 2008

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    Sultan Mehmed III begun to build Yeni Mosque and Sultan Murad II completed it, in 1447. Yeni Mosque is called as “Cami-i Kebir” and also its common name is “Ucuncu Serefeli Mosque” Third Galleried Mosque. It is one of the most important Turkish constructions, and a paralysed architect from Konya designed it. The mosque has a big dome carried by six edged columns. The porch has 21 domes and they are propped up by 18 columns. The mosque has four minarets.

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    Yeni Cami

    by viddra Written Apr 12, 2007

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    The mosque is located in the busiest centre of Istanbul.

    Its construction lasted for 66 years due to several problems.

    The mosque has a 36m-high dome and 5 entrance doors, 1 of which leading to the courtyard with a fountain in the middle. There are 2 minarets with 3 balconies each.

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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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    Yeni Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan

    by June.b Written Jan 24, 2008

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    Yeni means New, so let's call it New Mosque.

    Situated in Eminonu, so when you get off from Eminonu station, you could take the underpass to emerge on the big plaza or square of the Yeni Camii. But since I was staying in Sirkeci, I walked, exploring the neighborhood of this huge mosque that looks like a new version of the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet.

    The mosque along with the Galata Bridge is one of Istanbul's most photograph sight, for obvious reasons - if you're in a ferry, the approach to the ferry port is a beautiful sight of both of these.

    Built in 1597 on a decree from the wife of the Ottoman Sultan Murad III.

    Yeni Camii is just beside the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar.

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