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Courtyard of Sultan Süleyman Mosque

 
Catalogue
Ottoman Gardens
City
Istanbul
Country
Turkey
Dates
1545/1566 ca. 19th century
Authors
Nurhan Atasoy;
Seyit Ali Kahraman

Description

Evliya Çelebi describes the garden courtyard of the mosque as follows: The construction [of the mosque] began in 951 [1544–1545] and completed in 963 [1556]. There is an outer courtyard surrounding the three sides of this mosque. Various kinds of plane trees, weeping willows, cypresses . . . adorn the courtyard that is surrounded by fenestrated walls. On the east side, there is a staircase leading down the bath house. Garden walls on the east side are low, allowing [visitors] to enjoy the sight of the city. All the cemaat would gather at this location and view the palace, Üsküdar, Boğazhisar, Beşiktaş, Tophane, Galata, Kasımpaşa, and Okmeydanı. From this courtyard looking over the world, it is possible to watch those boats and ships on the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

 

Source

  • Travel Account, 17th century
Catalogue
Ottoman Gardens
City
Istanbul
Country
Turkey
Dates
1545/1566 ca. 19th century
Authors
Nurhan Atasoy;
Seyit Ali Kahraman