One of the most historic mosques in Turkey, the construction of the Hacı Bayram Veli Camii dates back to the old Ottoman period. Still being actively used as a mosque, it is visited by thousands of tourists from all around the world. It is not only the mosque but also its location and authentic atmossphere that makes it so special. This is why I list this mosque and its surroundings as one of the must-visit locations in Ankara.
Constructed in the Ottoman Period, in 1427 the mosque opened its doors to prayers. Having a history of almost 600 years, it is considered to be one of the holy locations of Ankara. Throughout history, it has been deconstructed and renovated various times. Taking its name from the nearby Hacı Bayram Veli Tomb, in 1940 the final renovation was completed and it and took its current form.
Being square-shaped with red brick stones and only one minaret distinguishes this mosque from the others. Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque has a capacity of 6,000 people it is no doubt to be considered as one of the most holy places of Ankara.
In the construction of the mosque, special Kütahya tiles were used, along with decorated wooden pieces. Compared to other mosques around Turkey, this one is quite plain and modest.
What to See Nearby
The mosque itself has a 600-year history, but artistically, it is not that different and appealing, in my opinion. But what I most enjoyed during my visit to the Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque was discovering the surroundings. The whole surrounding area of the mosque is renovated, and a really clean and authentic sphere is created.
The small houses and mansions around the mosque area are all very well taken care of, which is something that adds to the environment for sure. Apart from that, you can find various small cafes and eateries.
Talking about the eateries and cafes. One of the specialties of this place is having fresh fried lokma while wandering around the area. Lokma is a popular dessert in Turkey. They are small balls freshly fried and dipped in syrup.
Apart from that, as you all know, Ankara is known for its crunchy simit, a round-shaped sesame bread usually consumed at breakfast. In this area, you can find various places selling simit, either crunchy or buttery. You can enjoy your simit, or if you like other different pastries, along with a nice glass of Turkish tea or coffee. It is the perfect location to spend some family time on a Sunday morning or late afternoon, combining it with other nearby historic places.
-by Julide Koca