“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Istanbul in Fatih district, Istanbul Province, Turkey

Şehzade Mosque and Complex

Şehzade Camii ve Külliyesi

Şehzade Mosque and Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sue Swackhamer, May 7, 2015
1. Şehzade Mosque and Complex Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  English:
This mosque was dedicated to one of the Princes of Salesman the Magnificent, who died young: Sehzade Mehmed, the son of Suleyman and Hurrem was born in 1521 and died in 1543. Some believe that Sinan, was building it for Suleyman, but, experimenting with the weight of the dome, came to the conclusion that he could build a bigger one, and as a result Suleyman dedicated it to his son.

The mosque is a monumental work of its time. It was based on a square and the central dome supported by four semidomes on four sides.This way, it had perfect symmetry. Sinan himself did not repeat the plan. However, all monumental Ottoman mosques built in later times, were built according to this plan.

The big outer yard of Sehzade Mosque has six doors. The most appealing part of the mosque is double minaret having double balconies each on both sides of the walls of main door. The austerity in other mosques and minarets does not exist here.The ornament at these minarets designed by Architect Sinan is unique.

Sehzade Mehmet Complex is the first "selatin" complex constructed by Architect Sinan. It is composed of the mosque,
Şehzade Mosque and Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sue Swackhamer, May 7, 2015
2. Şehzade Mosque and Complex Marker
primary school, secondary school, barn, caravansary and tombs.

It was said that the "green column" standing at the edge of the cemetery wall of Sehzade complex facing the street was erected at the location deemed to be the center of Istanbul.

Sehzade Mehmet Tomb is one of the most beautiful tombs of Ottoman architecture. A timber throne was embedded on the sarcophagus. The tomb of Sehzade it is full of colorful tiles. Below the mid sarcophagus Sehzade Mehmet, on his right Sehzade Cihangir, on his left Hümasah Sultan were buried. On the left of Sehzade’s tomb. the tomb of the prominent Grand vizier Rustem Pasha with rich tiles is present.

The ”madrasa”, positioned at a distance from the mosque, was partially demolished.The caravanserai of the complex is used to serve as the laboratory of the Vela Lycee, which is an early 20th century building of the National Architectural Movement.
Erected by Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi (Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality).
Location. 41° 0.834′ N, 28° 57.364′ E. Marker is in Istanbul, Istanbul Province, in Fatih district. Marker is on Şehzadebaşı Caddesi just from Gençtürk Caddis, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is
Şehzade Mosque and Complex image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, December 31, 2009
3. Şehzade Mosque and Complex
at or near this postal address: Şehzadebaşı Caddesi No:25, Istanbul, Istanbul Province 34134, Turkey.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. March 16th Martyrs (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Suleymaniye Mosque and Social Complex (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Ruins of the Triumphal Arch of Theodosius (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Şimkeşhane (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Mimar Sinan (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Rustem Pasha Mosque (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); The History of the Egyptian Bazaar (approx. 1.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Istanbul.
Categories. Churches & Religion
<i>Mosquée du Şchah-Zadé</i> image. Click for full size.
By Sébah & Joaillier, circa 1900
4. Mosquée du Şchah-Zadé
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on July 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on July 14, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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