As the first and only 6 minarets of the Ottoman architecture, Blue Mosque, which is defined as ‘Blue Mosque’ by foreign tourists, contributing to the silhouette of Istanbul, will be recovered from the most extensive restoration of 400 years history. The restoration work has been completed for about 3.5 years.
The Blue Mosque, built by the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I, the architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, against the Hagia Sophia in the historical peninsula, was opened in 1616. The Blue Mosque, which is called as “Blue Mosque” by foreign tourists, is the first and only 6 minarets of Ottoman architecture because it is decorated with over 20 tiles built in Iznik, half dome and big dome are decorated with blue weighted pen works.
Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum and the Marmara and Istanbul Bosphorus that contributed to the formation of an image that can not take the eyes of the Blue Mosque, was restored by the General Directorate of Vakıflar restoration.
It will last about 3.5 years
The General Directorate of Foundations completed the restoration work for approximately 3.5 years at the Blue Mosque, which is visited by local and foreign tourists every day.
“The restoration of the Blue Mosque will be our final restorations in Istanbul,” Ertem said, indicating that the restoration of all the large and medium sized mosques in the city was either completed or continued.
Begin in spring
Vakıflar General Manager Adnan Ertem stated that preparations for the restoration are over, and that the work will start in spring after completion of the tender process and in the winter.
Ertem said that the restoration of the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Yeni Mosque and Beyazit Mosque continued in Istanbul and that “The last restoration of the Sultanahmet Mosque has been more than 30 years ago and it was a chance to see the restoration in the 80’s, Like Selimiye Mosque, and now we will get restoration again after 30 years, this will be one of the most comprehensive restorations. ” He spoke.
The ward will be open
Adnan Ertem stated that the mosque would create an environment that would allow for openness and worship during the restoration, while continuing to work at the top while worshiping on the lower side thanks to the pier providing sound insulation in the Yeni Cami.
“We are planning to complete the restoration before 2020, if the few things we have not foreseen by speeding up the work and strengthening the team,” Ertem said, referring to a comprehensive restoration of the glass. said.
What to do within the scope of restoration?
Adnan Ertem, the restoration work to be done within the following list:
The mosque’s top bullet cover will be removed and replaced.
Facade cleaning throughout the mosque.
Scraping, consolidation and remediation of the interior and exterior mosque and marble coverings will be done.
Other minarets besides the restored M1 minaret will be restored with the same methods.
The conservatives of the tiles in the mosque will be done.
The existing pens on the wood and plaster surfaces will be blasted and the original pens cleaned and reused.
The original lanes will be consolidated.
Mosque floor coverings will be repaired.
Interior marble flooring, conservation of columns.
Comprehensive conservation of wooden scarves in the mosque will be done.
Classical locomotive iron bars will be repaired.
Environmental regulation of outer courtyard will be realized.
Toilets will be renewed.
What is your opinion? Should you do this restoration?