Thursday, March 06, 2014

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne - TURKEY - UNESCO #1366

My good friend Onder from Istanbul promised me some time ago a postcard showing the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, but he totally forgot it and only last week, when looking at the last card of the pile he remembered... Well, lucky me, otherwise I would have to continue waiting. So, it's finally here, another UNESCO crossed on my list, 319 down, 662 to go (and only 4 missing in Turkey). Thank you very much Onder, better late than never and patience is one of my virtues. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
 
UNESCO #1366 - Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex - TURKEY
 
The square Mosque with its single great dome and four slender minarets, dominates the skyline of the former Ottoman capital of Edirne. Sinan, the most famous of Ottoman architects in the 16th century, considered the complex, which includes madrasas (Islamic schools), a covered market, clock house, outer courtyard and library, to be his best work. The interior decoration using Iznik tiles from the peak period of their production testifies to an art form that remains unsurpassed in this material. The complex is considered to be the most harmonious expression ever achieved of the Ottoman külliye, a group of buildings constructed around a mosque and managed as a single institution.
  

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