Beyazit Mosque

Beyazıt Mosque is the second largest mosque built in the city after the conquest of Istanbul. The area where the building is located is located in a part of the area known as the Theodosius Forum during the Byzantine period and which was the largest square in the city.

Since Mehmet the Conqueror's own monumental mosque was destroyed in the earthquake of 1766 and rebuilt, the first example of post-conquest Ottoman mosque architecture that remained unchanged is the Bayezid Mosque. The Ottoman Empire, which rose to the level of a serious empire with the conquest of Istanbul, initiated construction activities worthy of this Roman city.

The desire to build a monumental structure that would surpass Hagia Sophia with its large dome and large space, which started with Mehmed the Conqueror, continued with other sultans. However, since the plans of the previous Ottoman mosques were not suitable for building a monumental structure, Hagia Sophia was accepted as the model plan for the Beyazid Mosque. Although the Bayezid Mosque is a work that lags behind Hagia Sophia, it was a step in the transition to larger monumental mosques in Ottoman architecture.

You can visit Beyazit Mosque on our Guided Istanbul tours.


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