ORTAHİSAR MOSQUE
Explore TrabzonThe structure, which is formerly called as the Golden headed Virgin Mary Church, is assumed to have been built with a basilica plan within a monastery. Its construction date goes back to the year 914. However, present plan of the structure dates back to the 12th century. Historic records reveal that the structure has experienced six major restoration periods. The structure with three naves has one apse that is round on the inside and polygonal on the outside. It has also one interior and one exterior narthex. Northern entrance is built in the 14th century. With its high and 12 cornered tambour, the central dome rests on pendentives.

The structure was ornamented elaborately since it was the main church and cathedral of the city once in a time. Mosaic ornamentation in opus sectile style is seen on some of its walls and ground.

Aſter the conquest of Trabzon, it was converted into a mosque, and it is believed that Sultan Mehmet The Conquerer had prayed the first friday praying in this mosque. Medrese was built next to it. In the Ottoman Period, the main entrance to the mosque was moved to the north, a prayer niche was placed in the middle of the southern wall, and a pulpit and a minaret were added.

Prayer niche is wooden and ornamented richly. Borders with interlocking geometric motifs encircling the prayer niche, stalactite styled niche and rosettes resemble works of the Seljuks. And its pulpit built of walnut tree is a precious work of art. This monument is one of the most visited places in the city.
ORTAHİSAR MOSQUE
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Explore Trabzon
Explore TrabzonThe structure, which is formerly called as the Golden headed Virgin Mary Church, is assumed to have been built with a basilica plan within a monastery. Its construction date goes back to the year 914. However, present plan of the structure dates back to the 12th century. Historic records reveal that the structure has experienced six major restoration periods. The structure with three naves has one apse that is round on the inside and polygonal on the outside. It has also one interior and one exterior narthex. Northern entrance is built in the 14th century. With its high and 12 cornered tambour, the central dome rests on pendentives.

The structure was ornamented elaborately since it was the main church and cathedral of the city once in a time. Mosaic ornamentation in opus sectile style is seen on some of its walls and ground.

Aſter the conquest of Trabzon, it was converted into a mosque, and it is believed that Sultan Mehmet The Conquerer had prayed the first friday praying in this mosque. Medrese was built next to it. In the Ottoman Period, the main entrance to the mosque was moved to the north, a prayer niche was placed in the middle of the southern wall, and a pulpit and a minaret were added.

Prayer niche is wooden and ornamented richly. Borders with interlocking geometric motifs encircling the prayer niche, stalactite styled niche and rosettes resemble works of the Seljuks. And its pulpit built of walnut tree is a precious work of art. This monument is one of the most visited places in the city.


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