Down the hill from the St John Basilica in Selçuk (map) is the İsa Bey Mosque (İsabey
Camii), a work of the architect
Ali ibn el-Dimişki dating from 1375.
It was built on order of the Aydınoğulları
Its design echoes works of Arabic
masters (el-Dimişki means
"from Damascus"), with hints
of Seljuk Turkish design, rather than
the more familiar Ottoman mosques,
which did not take shape until after
the Ottoman conquest of Constntinople
Detail in the
In 1653 and 1668 the İsa Bey's two
minarets suffered damage from earthquakes.
A colonnaded porch in front of the
mosque collapsed as well.
The mosque stood in ruins for quite
awhile (it was in ruins when I first
visited Ephesus in 1967), but in 1975
it was restored and reopened for prayer.
Further restorations were carried out
Today you can visit the mosque, for
free. It is used for prayer, but a
visitors area has been set up, so just
walk in and enjoy the architecture.