Üç Şerefeli Cami

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

With its four strikingly different minarets, the Üç Şerefeli Cami dominates Hürriyet Meydanı (Freedom Sq). The name refers to the three balconies on the tallest minaret. The second-tallest minaret has only two.

The mosque was built between 1437 and 1447 in a design halfway between the Seljuk Turkish-style mosques of Konya and Bursa and the truly Ottoman style, which would later reach its pinnacle in İstanbul. In the Seljuk style, smaller domes are mounted on square rooms, whereas here the 24m-wide dome is mounted on a hexagonal drum and supported by two walls and two massive hexagonal pillars. The designs under the domes and central şadırvan (ablutions fountain) in the partially covered courtyard – another innovation that came to be standard – are fantastic.