Green Mosque (İznik)

Yeşil Mosque of Iznik
Basic information
Location Iznik, Turkey
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Haci bin Musa
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Ottoman architecture
Groundbreaking 1378
Completed 1391
Minaret(s) 1
Minaret height 25 m (82 ft)

Green Mosque of Iznik also called the Yeşil Mosque is a historic Ottoman mosque in Iznik, Turkey.

The Mosque

One of the earliest examples of Ottoman architecture, the Yeşil Mosque was constructed by order of the Grand Vizier Çandarlı Kara Halil Hayreddin Pasha of Sultan Murad I in Iznik. It was later completed by his son Ali Pasha. The inscription on the mosque gives the date of construction as AH 780-794 (1378-1391), and the name of the architect as Haci bin Musa.

The Yeşil Mosque is located near the Lefke Gate on the eastern edge of the city. It is composed of a three-bay portico and a single prayer hall covered with a single dome measuring 10.5 m (34 ft) in diameter. The height of the dome is 17.5 m (57 ft) above the floor, it has four windows and the lower portion of the interior walls are coated with gray marble panels. The mosque has a single minaret in the northwestern corner of the building which is decorated with composed glazed terra-cotta green, yellow, turqouise and dark purple coloured tiles. The colourful tiles minaret gives the mosque its name: Yeşil (green in Turkish).

The mosque was damaged in 1922 by the Greek army during the Turkish War of Independence. The mosque was restored between 1956 and 1969.


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Coordinates: 40°11′02″N 29°03′43″E / 40.183841°N 29.061960°E / 40.183841; 29.061960

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