The New Mosque Is Known As The Mosque With The Birds

The New Mosque (Turkish: Yeni Camii, Kuşlu Camii or Valide Sultan Camii) is the last example of large mosques built by the Ottoman royal family in Istanbul. It is also known as the mosque with the birds, the construction of which was completed in the longest time, among the works of Turkish architecture during the Ottoman Period.

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The New Mosque’s inside view

The New Mosque, Istanbul

It could be finished 66 years after the start date. Although the mosque was originally by the sea, the distance to the sea has increased due to later filling works. The height in the porches and domes on the side of the side repeats the architectural style used by Mimar Sinan and Architect Mehmet Ağa.

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The New Mosque’s dome inside view

A large amount of water emerged during the foundation phase. It caused problems in the construction of the building. Piles attached to lead belts were nailed to the ground to consolidate the ground and stone blocks placed on them. Consequently, the wall levels are quite high above the ground. The uilding damaged due to the big Istanbul fire in 1660. The mosque was put on the agenda again upon the recommendations of Köprülü Mehmet Pasha and its repair started after the fire.

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outside view

The Mosque Opening Hours

Visiting Hours: 09:00 – 18:00

How to get the New Mosque?

The fastest way is that you get a tram and get off in Eminönü station. Also, you can get a bus if you want.


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Other historical landmarks to visit nearby

There are several popular tourist places within walking distance such as the Spice Bazaar, the Topkapi Palace, and the Galata Tower. Before you start walking you can eat fresh fishes or Turkish kebaps in a restaurant near it.

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