Nuruosmaniye Mosque

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Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Nuruosmaniye Mosque Mars 2013.jpg
AffiliationSunni Islam
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located in Istanbul Fatih
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Location in the Fatih district of Istanbul
Geographic coordinates41°00′37″N 28°58′14″E / 41.010234°N 28.970540°E / 41.010234; 28.970540Coordinates: 41°00′37″N 28°58′14″E / 41.010234°N 28.970540°E / 41.010234; 28.970540
Architect(s)Mustafa Ağa, Simon Kalfa
StyleOttoman Baroque architecture
Height (max)43.50 metres (142.7 feet)[1]
Dome dia. (inner)25 metres (82 feet)[1]
Minaret height60 m?

The Nuruosmaniye Mosque (Turkish: Nuruosmaniye Camii) is an 18th-century Ottoman mosque located in the Çemberlitaş neighbourhood of Fatih district in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2016 it was inscribed in the Tentative list of World Heritage Sites in Turkey.[2]


It is considered one of the finest examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul. Even if a controversy exists over the identity of the architect, it is generally agreed that the architect was Simeon Kalfa[2]. It was commissioned from the order of Sultan Mahmut I beginning in 1748 and completed by his brother and successor Sultan Osman III in 1755. The architects adopted Baroque architectural elements, the mosque is also distinctive with the absence of an ablution fountain (Turkish: şadırvan). It was named Nuruosmaniye Mosque, meaning "The light of Osman", after Osman III, but also because of its many windows which lets a lot of light inside the mosque's hall.[3][unreliable source?] Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located near the entrance to the Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar), Column of Constantine and the historical Gazi Atik Ali Pasha Mosque.

The prayer hall is covered by a single dome 25 metres (82 feet) in diameter, it has two minarets with two balconies. The colonnaded portico has a half circle plan, unique for Ottoman mosques. The height of the dome is 43.50 metres (142.7 feet) from the floor level. In the backgarden there is a Türbe (tomb). The mosque is part of a larger complex (Külliye) consisting of a sebil (fountain), medrese, (Islamic school) consisting of 20 domed rooms and one large classroom (dershane), imaret, and the library, which today is part of the Süleymaniye library and contains personal collections of Mahmud I and Osman III with a total of 7,600 volumes of whom 5052 are manuscripts.


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  1. ^ a b "Archnet". Archived from the original on 2008-05-07.
  2. ^ a b "Nuruosmaniye Complex". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. UNESCO. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Turkey". Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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