The Mihrimah mosque is located on the 7th hill of Istanbul , inside the city halls in Edirnekapı. The mosque was built between 1562 and 1565 by the architect Sinan and it was dedicated to the beloved daughter of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Mihrimah Sultan (who died in 1566). There are many legends about the construction of the mosque. The msque is built on an elevated base to which one ascends via 9 steps. This magnificent masterpiece can be seen from every part of Istanbul. It stands majestically alone because no other building that can equal its splendor is located nearby.
Mihrimah Mosque History and Architecture
The moaque is based on a square plan topped by a dome and surrounded by a portico. The mosque is glorious with its great number of windows. The architectural style is characteristic of the 16th century. On front of the right corner there is a minaret with one balcony; this was rebuilt after having collapsed. In the center of the mosque, which is uilt within a small rooms that were used as a madrasa. The dome, which appears to cover the entire mosque, has a diameter of 9 meters and is 27 meters high.
A vast area of the walls is covered by windows, making this one of the lightest mosques. Some parts of the complex were changed during the restoration process. The fountain that is attached to the hamam was built at a diffrent time period. Among the tombs are those of Mihrimah Sultan, as well as that of her husband, Güzel AHmet Pasha. This mosque is also known as Edirnekapı Mosque.