Eski Cami, Tarsus

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  • This 12th century church was turned into a mosque in the 14th century. The interior still has un unmistakeably church like appearance. Beautiful lantern window remains in the ceiling - as well as an....  more »
  • This mosque is said to be built as Saint Paulus Church in 1102. After serving as a church for 300 years,it was converted to a mosque in 1415. It serves as a mosque since then. It is a living history.  more »
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  • The building is said to have been built as St. Paul's Cathedral in 1102 and was restored by Ramazanoglu Ahmet Bey in 1415 and converted into a mosque. Some sources mention a Church of Hagia Sophia from the beginning of the Middle Ages, and it is said that the Pope's envoy, Bishop Conrad Von Wittelsbach of Mainz, knew l. Leon of the Ruppens here on January 6, 1198, and was crowned king of The Armenians.1704 P. Lucas, who came to Tarsus, mentioned a Greek and an Armenian church here, stating that the Armenian church was built by Paulus himself. V. Langlois, who came to Tarsus in 1851, also visited this church. Roman-style thick and high walls, large interior, narrow outward side, deep windows and thick columns are noteworthy. The garden of the church is entered through a door in the west direction, with a very ornate façade. The building covers an area of approximately 460 m2 in this garden. Built with cut stones, there are blind arches on the outer long façades of the building. The width of the hall entered through the main gate to the west is 19.30 m., its length is 17.50 m. and on the right and left of the entrance there are half plaster columns and the alignment of these columns consists of four free columns in two sequencing, separating the hall into three sides (naf). There are also half columns on the north and south walls. In fact, these columns are grey granite and are likely to belong to ancient structures. The middle room has a width of 12.60 m and has vaulted above it. In the section that meets the center of the ceiling, there are frescoes of Yohannes and Matthews in the east, and Marcos and Lucas in the west, with Jesus in the middle. In the north-west corner of the building there is a bell tower. The building and its surroundings have undergone a very large restoration during the year and are arranged with landscaping and expropriation. Source: Mersin Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism archive.
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  • It has been converted from the church to the Mosque. Since the Church architecture is used in the East as The Qibla, it is among the mosques with a horizontal architecture today. It has a wooden outer narthex
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