Tarsus Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque), Tarsus

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Tarsus Grand Mosque is a mosque in Tarsus, Mersin Province, Turkey.GeographyThe mosque is at the center of Tarsus in Camii Nur neighbourhood. It is the biggest mosque of Tarsus. It is very close to St Paul's Church, only about bird's flight away.HistoryThe mosque had been built in 1579 during Ottoman rule. The commissioner of the mosque is İbrahim Bey of Ramadanid dynasty, a Turkmen dynasty which was the ruler of the region before 1517 and continued as the vassal of the Ottoman Empire during the rest of the 16th century. But according to information plate of the mosque, there was an older mosque in the place of Grand Mosque which was built during the Abbasid (Arab) rule in the 9th century. After Tarsus was captured by the Byzantine Empire, the old mosque was transformed into a church. But in the 14th century Ramazanoğlu captured Tarsus and in 1579 the mosque was rebuilt. Kırkkaşık Bedesten a bedesten to support the mosque was also built in 1579.Technical detailsThe entrance to mosque courtyard is via a monumental marble gate at the north. The nartex with 14 columns to bear 16 domes has been decorarated with tiles. The building material of the main building is carved stone. The columns in the main building have been connected with half pointed arch so called Iranian Arch. The pulpit and the niche (directed to Mecca) is made of marble.
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  • An absolutely unmissable mosque - another one of the long and narrow ones that characterise both Tarsus and Adana. Enjoy a drink at the pleasant nearby Kubbe Café afterwards  more »
  • You can find old great people's visitation place. And a special mosque with watch tower. Go for a friday religious talk to there  more »
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  • This mosque, which is known as Cami-I Nur and named as Cami-Nur, is the leading work of Turkish-Islamic art located in the center of Tarsus. It was built in 1579 by Ibrahim Bey, son of Piri Pasha from Ramadanoğulları. In the Selçuk-Ottoman style, the mosque, which is the only honored minaret, was used as a complete cut stone. The interior courtyard of the mosque with a rectangular layout of 47X13 m. is 10 m. High, 7.20 m. wide and there are 14 marble columns covering the eastern, northern and western parts of the portico. The courtyard is lined with stone plates and has a title with a repair inscription dated (H. 1323). The mosque is entered in the north direction with the monumental portal. This portal is adorned with black and white marbles that carry the characteristics of the Memluk architect. The last communion is located in a 5-door courtyard with 16 doves covered with original tiles in the east-west direction with 14 pieces of diamond-sliced columns. The interior columns of the mosque are connected with semi-pointed arches called "The Arch of Iran". The mosque's pulpit, Mihrab and Muezzin Loge are made of marble. In the eastern part of the mosque, there are the authorities of Hazrat Þe and Lokman Prophets, the Abbasid caliph, and the tomb of Ma'mun, who died in 833 (H. 218) in Pozantı. The mosque was registered with the decision of the protection of Adana cultural and natural assets by 01.11.1990 days and 696. It was re-restored in 2008 by the General Directorate of Foundations. Source: Mersin Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism archive.
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  • Grand Mosque of Tarsus-Mersin This mosque, which is known as Cami-I Nur and named as Cami-Nur, is the leading work of Turkish-Islamic art located in the center of Tarsus. It was built in 1579 by Ibrahim Bey, son of Piri Pasha from Ramadanoğulları. In the Selçuk-Ottoman style, the mosque, which is the only honored minaret, was used as a complete cut stone. The interior courtyard of the mosque with a rectangular layout of 47X13 m. is 10 m. High, 7.20 m. wide and there are 14 marble columns covering the eastern, northern and western parts of the portico. The courtyard is lined with stone plates and has a title with a repair inscription dated (H. 1323). The mosque is entered in the north direction with the monumental portal. This portal is adorned with black and white marbles that carry the characteristics of the Memluk architect. The last communion is located in a 5-door courtyard with 16 doves covered with original tiles in the east-west direction with 14 pieces of diamond-sliced columns. The interior columns of the mosque are connected with semi-pointed arches called "The Arch of Iran". The mosque's pulpit, Mihrab and Muezzin Loge are made of marble. In the eastern part of the mosque, there are the authorities of Hazrat Þe and Lokman Prophets, the Abbasid caliph, and the tomb of Ma'mun, who died in 833 (H. 218) in Pozantı. The mosque was registered with the decision of the protection of Adana cultural and natural assets by 01.11.1990 days and 696. It was re-restored in 2008 by the General Directorate of Foundations.
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