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Nuruosmaniye Camii, Istanbul

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Nuruosmaniye Mosque (Turkish: Nuruosmaniye Camii) is an 18th-century Ottoman mosque located in the Çemberlitaş neighbourhood of Fatih district in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2016 it was inscribed in the Tentative list of World Heritage Sites in Turkey. The dome of the mosque is extremely distinct, and the fourth largest in the city of Istanbul, behind the Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque, and Fatih Mosque, respectively. The Nuruosmaniye mosque is part of a larger religious complex, or Külliye, acting as a centre of culture, religion, and education for the neighborhood. The first imperial mosque of Istanbul that integrated both Baroque and neoclassical elements in its construction, Nuruosmaniye Mosque was built in the Ottoman Baroque style.

The mosque's muqarnas and its curved courtyard show the influence of the Baroque. The mosque is located on Istanbul's second hill, site of the mosque of Fatma Huton; that mosque was burned due to a fire. In Constantinople, the area of the Nurosmaniye Mosque was close to the Forum of Constantine, where the Column of Constantine (Turkish: Çemberlitaş Sütunu) still stands. Surrounding the mosque is Istanbul's Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı). After the construction of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Nurosmaniye mosque was the first imperial mosque to be built in 100 years.
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  • A beautiful awe inspiring mosque. A stones throw away from the Grand Bazaar in the heart of the city but once inside the tranquility and serenity is sublime. Sitting in the mosque and looking up at...  more »
  • In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated and overlooked locations in Istanbul. Built with an Ottoman baroque style, there’s a serene beauty to this mosque. Arrive in-between prayer times...  more »
  • A beautiful 18th century European baroque style mosque, with many stain glass windows. Quiet and serene, a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the grand bazaar right next door.
  • Must visit when in grand bazaar. Didnt understand the Friday sermon. Beautiful and calming. Fantastic marble architecture. Friendly staff!
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