Selimiye Mosque, Edirne

About Selimiye Mosque, Edirne

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne - Address

Address: Babademirtas Street, Edirne 22020, Turkey

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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Mosque, Religious Site, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

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Commissioned by Sultan Selim II and built by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century, this Islamic architecture masterpiece is the most elegant summary of Ottoman architectural philosophy. The interiors and exteriors are highly symmetrical, a distinctive feature that was designed to draw the eye and centralise the rapidly expanding city. The highlights to notice are:

  • How, unusually for mosques, this one was designed to appear to be a single unit rather than multiple ones.
  • The four up-shooting minarets that focus attention on the central dome (they are the second tallest in the world).
  • The humbly decorated interiors, with a great number of small windows that filter in the light.
  • The highly ornately decorated dome.
  • The calligraphy on the dome.

The mosque is in the centre of a kulliye (a neighbourhood complex consisting of a row of shops, a time-keepers rooms and a madrassa).

Selimiye Mosque Information

  • In general, avoid visiting mosques as tourists on Friday.
  • Don’t visit if there are worshippers present.

How To reach Selimiye Mosque by Public Transport

  • Walk or take a taxi

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  • Most amazingly beautiful mosque. From the moment I saw it from distance I felt very excited and as I got closer and entered my heart was trembling and I was lost for words. One can feel and breathe history here.

  • Incredible piece of art. Should be considered as one of the world's greatest wonders. I've seen many world wonders, but this... Is a whole new scale.

  • Awesome and very historical mosque in Edirne... the latest masterpiece art of Mimar Sinan(Arc.Sinan)' work.

  • The number one sight to see and experience while in Edirne. Don't miss learning about it's unique history seeing it's architecture.

  • The Master has spoken. If Sinan himself said it is his masterpiece, who can question that? I found myself "forgetting to breath" after stepping in. This is literally the definition of "breathtaking." Give yourself some good time to appreciate the details. Try to time your visit outside of the prayer times to minimize crowds. Sit in one of the two further corners and look at the symmetrical architecture. It is one unique monument.

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