The New mosque, This built is one of the famous parts of Eminönü. Yeni Camii is located in Eminönü Square next to the Spice Bazaar. One of the most magnificent mosques along the Bosphorus, it completes the Istanbul portrait. The construction of the mosque started in 1597 on the decree of Safiye Sultan, the wife of Sultan Murad III and the mother of the Sultan Mehmed III. After 1598, the arthitect Dalgıç Ahmet Çavuş took over from the original architect, Davud Agha.
The construction, which lasted till 1603, came to a temprorary halt with the accession of Sultan Ahmed I and the subsequent ceremonies. The construction was restarted in 1661 by the Queen Mother Hatice Turhan under the supervision of Mustafa Agha.
The mosque was designed as kulliye or complex, and was complete by 1663. The mosque and its complex consisted of a primary school, water dispensers, publich baths, a sultan’s gallery and a tomb. However, the primary school no longer exist.
The Calligraphy that is above the windows is the work of the calligrapher Tenekicizade Mustafa Çelebi. There are two minarets, with two balconies each, on the right and left sides of the mosque. There are three doors leading to the interior, which is a square in shape. The central dome, supported by four large columns, is covered with tiles and four arches; it is supported by four semi domes. The mihrab (central prayer niche) and the pulpit are made from white marble. On the left side of the mihrab there is a mosaic panel that is surrounded by precious stones.
The tomb that is inside the mosque complex is the largest imperial tomb; here is the tomb of the Queen Mother Hatice Turhan, five sultans, and other members of the dynasty. The five sultans buried here are Mehmed IV, Osman III, Mustafa II, Ahmed III and Mahmut I. The diameter of the mauseleum is more than 15 meters.
In the Vicinity of New Mosque
This church consired by many authers and historians to be the eight wonder of the world. This structure one of the few strectures of such huge dimensions to have survived for so long. It is masterpiece of architecture. Hagia Sophia built between 532 and 537 at the age of justinian I (527-565) is among the foremost works in the world of architecture and art history. And maybe you know what are the names architects of Hagia Sophia.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, one of the most revered masterpieces not only of Turkey but of the entire Islamic world, inspires deep admiration in all those who visit it. This mosque with six minarets, built between 1609 and 1616, is a striking example of the classic Turkish mosque and surrounded by many monuments dating to earlier phases of history of Istanbul. The fine silhoutte is a prominent part of IStanbul’s beatiful skyline as seen from the sea.
The entrance to Istanbul’s largest and most interesting covered cistern is through a small building to the west of Hagia Sophia Square. The cross-vaulted ceiling of this forest of columns is made of brick. A street runs above a section of the cistern. Because a basilica once stood above the cistern, it is known as the Basilica Cistern.