Üç Şerefeli Cami
Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Hamam
Mimar Sinan designed this atmospheric hamam for Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmet Paşa in the 16th century. It's one of the best in Turkey.
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The Old Mosque (1403–14) exemplifies one of the two classic mosque styles used by the Ottomans in their earlier capital, Bursa. Like...
The staff are slightly too cool for okul (school), but local kids come to this stylish, sanitised spot to drink jazzy cocktails and...
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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.