Dolmabahçe Mosque

The Dolmabahçe Mosque is a baroque waterside mosque in Kabataş in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey, close to the Dolmabahçe Palace. It was commissioned by queen mother Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan and designed by the Turkish Armenian architect, Garabet Balyan in 1855. After his mother's death, Sultan Abdülmecid, saw the building work through to completion.

Dolmabahçe Mosque
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Religion
AffiliationIslam
Location
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Geographic coordinates41°02′12.22″N 28°59′43.04″E / 41.0367278°N 28.9952889°E / 41.0367278; 28.9952889Coordinates: 41°02′12.22″N 28°59′43.04″E / 41.0367278°N 28.9952889°E / 41.0367278; 28.9952889
Architecture
Architect(s)Garabet Balyan
TypeMosque
StyleOttoman architecture
Groundbreaking1853
Completed1855
Specifications
Minaret(s)2
Minaret height40.25 metres (132.05 feet)[1]

The mosque has twin minarets and is distinguished by the huge stone arches on its facades which are cut with large windows, allowing light to flood the interior.

From 1956-60 the mosque provided a venue for the Naval Museum, only resuming prayer services in 1967. Road-widening robbed it of its courtyard and sebil that were originally part of the design.

A late 19th century photograph of the mosque by the Abdullah Brothers.

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  1. ^ Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage, C. A. Brebbia,L. Binda, page 437
  • ArchNet.org. "General information on Dolmabahçe Mosque". Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2009-03-06.

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  Media related to Dolmabahçe Mosque at Wikimedia Commons