EDİRNE AND THE MOSQUE OF SELİMİYE

SELİMİYE MOSQUE IS A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE WITH ITS MINARETS, DOME, AND THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF MARBLE, CERAMIC, AND CALIGRAPY INSIDE.

If you are curious about the most magnificent work of the Ottoman architecture, we suggest you to visit Selimiye Mosque that Mimar Sinan called it as his ‘work of mastership.’ The structure impresses its visitors greatly.

Selimiye Mosque, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, dazzles people with its four 70.89 meter toll minarets each with three balconies, dome with a diameter of 31.28 meter, and 5 meter tall gold-plated finial placed on top of the 5 tone key block. Entrance to Edirne is enabled through four main streets that surround the city. No matter which one you take, you will be able to see the four minarets of the mosque and their balconies as you enter the city.

Completed in 6 years
The construction of the masterwork that can be seen even from the Rhodopes in clear weather was begun by the order of the Ottoman Sultan II Selim in 1569 and it was completed in 1575. According to rumors, II Selim had seen this mosque in his dream during the conquest of Cyprus and had wanted Mimar Sinan to build it. The spoils seized during the conquest of Cyprus had been used in the building of the mosque. However, Sultan II Selim couldn’t see the final work that took six years to complete, because he died in 1574.

A technique unseen before
In his masterwork, Mimar Sinan had used a unique technique, which has never been seen in any mosque, Byzantine building, or ancient temple before. In domed buildings, the main dome is raised above levels of half domes, but Mimar Sinan had Selimiye Mosque covered by a single dome.

However, beyond the fascinating appearance of Selimiye, the marble, ceramic, and calligraphic works inside the mosque are very important. The interior of the structure is decorated with ceramic tiles from İznik.