Thursday, September 3, 2009

Selimiye Mosque

The Selimiye Mosque is located in Edirne, Turkey and was built between 1568 and 1574. More information can be found on the
The thing that first drew my attention to this particular mosque was the attention to detail in the interior of the dome. The dome is relatively high up, but the small details are present at the very top. The design in the middle of the dome interior appears to be Islamic script in a circular design. The use of red and blue was done in a way that does not overpower the artwork, and the colors work together nicely.

The exterior is also interesting. The 4 large towers surrounding the mosque give the mosque a very unique look that can be recognized from a long distance away. The mosque is comprised of 8 large pillars set up in an octagonal pattern. The center of the mosque has a stable feel to it. The mosque apparently does not only look stable, but it is stable.

In 1913 the mosque was hit by artillery fire during a Bulgarian siege. The mosque did not give in, but only had minor damage. The damage was however not repaired in order to teach future generations a lesson. The Selimiye Mosque is also positioned in the center of a külliye.The mosque seems to carry the theme a center area as everything revolves around the center of the mosque just as Mecca is the center for Islam.

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