I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque

I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, Osmangazi

I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque

I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque
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Carol A S
By Carol A S
Mosque complex of the third Ottoman Sultan
May 2019
Hüdavendigarin Mosque is in the neighborhood of Çekirge, in west Bursa. It is part of the large complex (külliye) built by the third Ottoman Sultan, Murad I, between 1365–1385. (He was the only one to die in battle, in Kosovo in 1389). The mosque is two storys with alternating layers of stone and brick in a reversed T-plan surmounted by a dome and with a slender minaret at the north east corner. The surrounding külliye contains a madrasa (school), dervish lodge (zaviye), fountain, a soup kitchen Imaret, a hamam public bath), a Koran school for boys (sibyan mektebi) and the Türbe (mausoleum) of Murat Hudavendigar. An arcaded porch leads to the mosque's interior, which is simple, with light walls and a hexagonal ablution fountain in the center. The raised prayer platform is under a simple barrel vault, with the miḥrâb (facing Mecca) in a niche at the rear wall. The miḥrâb small, but nicely done, decorated with Arabic quotations from the Koran, tiles in a floral tiles and gilded muqarnas. The tall minbar (pulpit) is richly carved walnut. Murat Hudavendigar's tomb is in a square mausoleum, to the north west of the mosque. The building was commissioned by Yıldırım Bayezıd, Murat's son and successor. Its entry porch is enclosed in wood and glass, graced with marble columns in the front corners. The interior is well-lit , with marble columns supporting arches, which in turn support the building's dome. There are several cloth-covered sarcophagi, the largest one belonging to Murat Hudavendigar. The sarcophagus is pentagonal in cross section, surrounded by a low balustrade and draped with an embroidered cloth. (The sarcophagi are symbolic; the actual bodies are below ground). A white turban rests on his headstone. (Turbans worn by dignitaries represent their burial shroud, a sign of humility). The mosque faces a small shaded plaza, where the public bus from Bursa city center stops. It is a peaceful place, far from the hustle-bustle of the down town area and was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2013. The mosque is beautifully lit at night. It is open daily with no entry fee, although a donation is appreciated. It is an active mosque, so may be closed during prayers. As a sign of respect, when visiting, modest clothing should be worn and shoes removed before entering.

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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Mosque complex of the third Ottoman Sultan
May 2019
Hüdavendigarin Mosque is in the neighborhood of Çekirge, in west Bursa. It is part of the large complex (külliye) built by the third Ottoman Sultan, Murad I, between 1365–1385. (He was the only one to die in battle, in Kosovo in 1389). The mosque is two storys with alternating layers of stone and brick in a reversed T-plan surmounted by a dome and with a slender minaret at the north east corner. The surrounding külliye contains a madrasa (school), dervish lodge (zaviye), fountain, a soup kitchen Imaret, a hamam public bath), a Koran school for boys (sibyan mektebi) and the Türbe (mausoleum) of Murat Hudavendigar. An arcaded porch leads to the mosque's interior, which is simple, with light walls and a hexagonal ablution fountain in the center. The raised prayer platform is under a simple barrel vault, with the miḥrâb (facing Mecca) in a niche at the rear wall. The miḥrâb small, but nicely done, decorated with Arabic quotations from the Koran, tiles in a floral tiles and gilded muqarnas. The tall minbar (pulpit) is richly carved walnut. Murat Hudavendigar's tomb is in a square mausoleum, to the north west of the mosque. The building was commissioned by Yıldırım Bayezıd, Murat's son and successor. Its entry porch is enclosed in wood and glass, graced with marble columns in the front corners. The interior is well-lit , with marble columns supporting arches, which in turn support the building's dome. There are several cloth-covered sarcophagi, the largest one belonging to Murat Hudavendigar. The sarcophagus is pentagonal in cross section, surrounded by a low balustrade and draped with an embroidered cloth. (The sarcophagi are symbolic; the actual bodies are below ground). A white turban rests on his headstone. (Turbans worn by dignitaries represent their burial shroud, a sign of humility). The mosque faces a small shaded plaza, where the public bus from Bursa city center stops. It is a peaceful place, far from the hustle-bustle of the down town area and was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2013. The mosque is beautifully lit at night. It is open daily with no entry fee, although a donation is appreciated. It is an active mosque, so may be closed during prayers. As a sign of respect, when visiting, modest clothing should be worn and shoes removed before entering.
Written 14 November 2019
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yavuzIstanbul
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates292 contributions
Do not miss
May 2015 • Business
No Tourists.So you can enjoy this early Ottoman mosque on your own.Great fresquos.The tombs are under renovation.
Written 1 June 2015
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