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We are in the Sultan Beyazit Mosque, a relaxing atmosphere and very suitable for meditation, religious sentiment for himself and let the mind flow, this man pa'saba long time immersed in his thoughts even when he was photographed not moved or made any gesture, seemed to be so self-absorbed, yet I wonder if they really saw me... or he was just relaxing!!??

About the Mosque:

Built between 1500 and 1505 under Sultan Beyazit II, the Beyazit Mosque is one of the oldest in Istanbul. Is located adjacent to the University of Istanbul and the Grand Bazaar in the center of a large complex of the sixteenth century that includes schools and other buildings.

The construction of the Beyazit Mosque began in 1501, supervised by architect Yakubsah Bin Sultan. The mosque was built on the ruins of the Forum Tauri built by Byzantine Emperor Theodosius. The floor of the courtyard and pillars of the fountain of ablutions reused materials from the Forum.
Beyazit Mosque was completed in 1506. Sultan Beyazit II died in 1512 and was buried in the gardens with his family.

Its architecture is inspired by the Byzantine Ayasofya, with a central dome, semi-domes, and a central area of the prayer with galleries. The dome is 16.78 meters in diameter (the Hagia Sophia is 31). Other elements are inspired by the Fatih Mosque, as the buttresses and columns adjacent to the dome.
The mosque was once the center of a large complex, including a school (Medrese), kitchen, caravanserai, hamam and dining for the poor. Caravanserai and the dining room to the left of the mosque, the house now Beyazit State Library, while the former Medrese houses a school of calligraphy.

Construction Dates: 1501-06
Architecture: Ottoman
Architect: Sultan Bin Yakubsah
Location: Yeniçeriler Cad, Through Beyazit tram stop
Hours: From dawn to dusk

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