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Üç Şerefeli Mosque, Edirne

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 A Glimpse into Ottoman Architectural Grandeur

Welcome to the Üç Şerefeli Mosque, Edirne, a masterpiece of 15th-century Ottoman architecture nestled in the heart of Edirne, Turkey. Commissioned by the visionary Ottoman Sultan Murad II, this historical landmark stands as a testament to the creative prowess and enduring legacy of the Ottoman Empire.


Constructed between 1438 and 1447, the Üç Şerefeli Mosque captivates visitors with its unique minaret boasting three balconies. Despite enduring fires in 1732 and an earthquake in 1748, the mosque was meticulously restored under the order of Sultan Mahmut I. Remarkably, the main dome, measuring 24 meters in diameter, held the title of the largest Ottoman dome upon its completion.

Architectural Marvel

The Üç Şerefeli Mosque is a pivotal piece in the evolution of early Ottoman architecture. Distinct from its predecessors, the mosque’s layout features a nearly square floor plan, divided between a rectangular courtyard and prayer hall. The courtyard, adorned with a central fountain, is enveloped by a portico of arches and domes. Intricately decorated portals lead into the courtyard and prayer hall, revealing the mosque’s grandeur.

The prayer hall’s central dome, an astounding 24 meters in diameter, dominates the space, while smaller domes gracefully line the hall’s sides. Four minarets, situated at the corners of the courtyard, contribute to the mosque’s majestic silhouette. The southwestern minaret, towering as the tallest Ottoman minaret at the time, is particularly notable for its three balconies, giving rise to the mosque’s name.

Architectural Influence and Legacy

Considered a “crossroads of Ottoman architecture,” the Üç Şerefeli Mosque represents a culmination of spatial experimentation during the Beyliks and early Ottoman periods. Scholars suggest various sources of influence, with some drawing parallels to the Saruhanid congregational mosque in Manisa or the Ulu Cami (1367) in Bursa, a city familiar to Sultan Murad II. Others propose that the mosque’s design harmoniously unites elements already present in western Anatolian mosques.

Journey into the Past

As you explore the Üç Şerefeli Mosque, you embark on a journey through the last stage of Early Ottoman architecture. Its grandeur, innovative design, and historical significance make it a cornerstone of Edirne’s cultural heritage. Discover the architectural prowess that shaped an era at the Üç Şerefeli Mosque.

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Babademirtaş, 22000 Edirne Merkez/Edirne

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