Iplikçi Mosque, Konya, Turkey

Last Updated on May 6, 2019

In the late 1100s, Seljuk vezir Şemseddin Altun Aba commissioned this big rectangular mosque, the Iplikçi Camii (“Mosque of the Yard Dealer”) and a neighboring medrese (seminary) right in the center of Konya not far from the Alaettin Tepesi (hill).

Quite plain both inside and out, the Iplikçi Camii’s major architectural distinction was that it had a minaret. In the late 12th century few Anatolian mosques had minarets. Instead, the müezzin gave the call to prayer from the highest point on the roof of the mosque.

What you see today may resemble the original the Iplikçi Camii in some ways, but the present building dates from 1202, with extensive renovations in the 1300s, in 1938, in the late 20th century, and more recently.

The mosque’s medrese has completely disappeared.

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