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Hagia Sophia and Green Mosque in Iznik

-Turkey Attractions August 19, 2016
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hagia sophia museum iznik

hagia sophia museum iznik

Hagia Sophia Museum Iznik

Hagia Sophia Church located in the intersection of Atatürk Street and Kılışarslan Street in the center of Iznik is a structure with a basilica plan build in the 4th century. It is the church were 7th Ecumentical Council, which is important Christians, was held in October 11, 787 during Iconoclasm period (726 – 843).

After the Ottomans conquered Iznik, It was converted to a mosque in 1331. It had a fire in later years and repaired by Mimar Sinan in Suleiman the Magnificent.

Floor mosaics iin the entrance of partially repaired church are enclosed in glass case for protection. Today, Hagia Sophia of Iznik is in the status of memorial museum.

iznik green mosque

iznik green mosque

Iznik Green Mosque

Construction of the mosque started in 1378 by Çandarlı Hayreddin Pasha, but it was completed by Ali Pasha, son of Çandarlı Hayreddin Pasha upon his death, in 1391.

The architect of the structure which is an important work of early Ottoman architecture was Hacı Musa. Worship area is covered with a single dome with 11 meters in diameter.

Minaret is covered with green, turquoise, yellow and purple tiles forming various geometric patterns.

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