Selimiye Mosque, Konya, Turkey

Konya‘s Selimiye Camii (mosque), right next to the Mevlâna Museum, is an example of the Ottoman style of mosque from the great period of Ottoman architecture..

Mimber, Selimiye Mosque, Konya, Turkey
The curious mimber

Its founder was Sultan Selim II (“the Sot,” 1566-74), who endowed the mosque while he was still an Ottoman prince and governor of the province of Konya. It was finished after he became sultan.

If you’ve visited Istanbul, you will notice the similarity to other Ottoman mosques, although this one is smaller and not as finely proportioned.

A curiosity is the spire on the mimber (the wooden pulpit): it’s shaped like the cylindrical green tiled dome over the tomb of Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumî, as shown in the photo to the right.

In the historic photo in the right-hand column, men sit beside the Selimiye Mosque beneath a sign that reads: “It is forbidden to sit beside the mosque.”

Well, they aren’t dummies. That’s where the sun is!—>


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Selimiye Mosque, Konya, Turkey
The Selimiye’s very Ottoman interior

 

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