Turunçlu Mosque

Turunçlu Mosque (Turkish: Turunçlu Camii), also known as Turunçlu Fethiye Mosque is a mosque in the Iplik Bazar–Korkut Effendi quarter in the walled city of Nicosia, currently located in North Nicosia. It dates to the Ottoman period.[1] It is located on Beliğ Paşa Street.[2]

Turunçlu Mosque
Turunçlu Camii
Turunçlu mosque.JPG
Religion
AffiliationSunni Islam
OwnershipEvkaf Administration
StatusActive
Location
LocationIplik Bazar–Korkut Effendi, Nicosia, Cyprus
MunicipalityNicosia Turkish Municipality
Architecture
StyleOttoman
FounderSeyyit Mehmed Agha
Completed1825
Specifications
Direction of façadeNortheast
Capacity210 worshippers
Minaret(s)One

The mosque has a capacity of 210 worshippers, with an interior area of 148 m2. As of 2011, its congregation consisted of 32 people.[3]

HistoryEdit

Before the 19th century, a small masjid used to stand at the site. In 1825, Seyyit Mehmed Agha, the governor of Cyprus, had the mosque built in the place of the masjid. Historically, the mosque was known as Fethiye Mosque and was located at Mertek Market. A sıbyan school (a historical elementary school) was attached to this masjid, the school was also torn down by Mehmed Agha and replaced with a new school called "Mekteb-i İrfane" (School of Knowledge). By 1894, the school was recorded to be too small to accommodate all its students. Despite the repeated pleas of the school administration, the school was not renovated and by 1904, it had become ruinous. As a result, the school building was demolished in the 1900s and replaced by a new one.[4]

In 1972, an external wall of the mosque collapsed; this wall was later reconstructed.[4]

ArchitectureEdit

The mosque has a rectangular plan in the northeast-southwest orientation. The front northern façade is supported by six sharp arches, whereas the western façade is supported by four.[4] The mihrab and minbar show baroque characteristics.[2]

There is a wooden mezzanine in the northeast that serves as the women's section. This part is accessed via wooden stairs. The cylindrical minaret stands at the northeast and has one ornate balcony. The minaret is accessed through the prayer place of the mosque.[4]

There is an inscription on the entrance date, dated to 1825, containing verse in Ottoman Turkish.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bodur, Murat (18 November 2011). "Tarihi Osmanlı Cami'leriyle geçmişe yolculuk". Star Kıbrıs. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Turunçlu Fethiye Camii". Nicosia Turkish Municipality. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Lefkoşa'ya 3657 mümin aranıyor". Haber Kıbrıs. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Bağışkan, Tuncer (2005). Kıbrıs'ta Osmanlı Türk Eserleri. Turkish Cypriot Association of Museum Lovers. pp. 104–7.