Nurosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Contributor:B.O'Kane / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:8582 x 5721 px | 72.7 x 48.4 cm | 28.6 x 19.1 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:1 October 2019
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. It is considered one of the finest examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul. Even if a controversy exists over the identity of the architect, it is generally agreed that the architect was Simeon Kalfa. It was commissioned from the order of Sultan Mahmut I beginning in 1748 and completed by his brother and successor Sultan Osman III in 1755. The architects adopted Baroque architectural elements, the mosque is also distinctive with the absence of an ablution fountain (Turkish: şadırvan). It was named Nuruosmaniye Mosque, meaning "The light of Osman", after Osman III, but also because of its many windows which lets a lot of light inside the mosque's hall. Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located near the entrance to the Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar), Column of Constantine and the historical Gazi Atik Ali Pasha Mosque. The prayer hall is covered by a single dome 25 metres (82 feet) in diameter,