Melike Hatun Mosque

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Melike Hatun Mosque
Melike Hatun Mosque.jpg
Melike Hatun Mosque from the north
ProvinceAnkara Province
RegionCentral Anatolia Region
RiteSunni Islam
LocationTurkey Ankara, Turkey
Architect(s)Muharrem Hilmi Şenalp
StyleClassical Ottoman type
Dome height (outer)47 metres (154 ft)
Dome dia. (outer)27 metres (89 ft)
Minaret height72 metres (236 ft)

Melike Hatun Mosque is a new mosque in Ankara, Turkey. It was recently opened to service on 27 September 2017.

Melike Hatun[edit]

The mosque is named after Melike Hatun. Nothing definite is known about Melike Hatun, except that she was a wealthy 14th-century lady. According to Professor Hüseyin Çınar of the Yıldırım Beyazıt University, she was probably the daughter of Kayqubad III, the Anatolian Seljuks sultan (r. 1298-1302). She was the commissioner of many public buildings in Ankara. She was also the supporter of Hacı Bayram-ı Veli.[1]

The mosque[edit]

The mosque is in the old quarter of Ankara at 39°56′11″N 32°52′20″E / 39.93639°N 32.87222°E / 39.93639; 32.87222, popularly known as Hergele Meydanı. It is situated to the east of Atatürk Boulevard and Gençlik Parkı, the largest public park in Ankara. Its architect is Muharrem Hilmi Şenalp.[2]

The ground area of the mosque is 3,600 m2 (39,000 sq ft). The diameter of the dome is 27 m (89 ft) and the maximum height is 47 m (154 ft). It is a four-minaret mosque. Each minaret has three balconies (Turkish: Şerefe), and the height of each minaret is 72 m (236 ft).[3]