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Esrefoglu Mosque, Beysehir

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Eşrefoğlu Mosque is a 13th-century mosque in Beyşehir, Konya Province, Turkey It is situated north of the Beyşehir LakeHistoryDuring the last years of Seljuks of Rum, various governors of Seljuks enjoyed a partial independency. They established their own semi independent principalities named Anatolian Beyliks. Eshrefids was a small beylik in center west Anatolia. After 1288, Süleyman Bey, the second bey of Eshrefids rebuilt the city of Beyşehir as a capital of his beylik. Although his beylik was relatively an unimportant political power, the city flourished as one of the cultural centers of Seljuk world. In 1296, he commissioned a mosque in Beyşehir, one of the greatest mosques during the Anatolian beylik period. In 1302 he died and buried in a sepulcher next to the mosque.Technical detailsThe plan of the mosque is rectangular; 31.8x. But the corner at the north east side is enlarged to make room for the main portal. The dimensions of the portal are 7.1x. There are two smaller gates and 35 windows. The roof is supported by 42 wooden columns. The length of each column is 7.5m. Their diameter is 40cm.After seven centuries, unlike most other Seljuk wooden buildings, this mosque survives and it is used for regular services. The wooden columns are made of cedar and according to oral tradition they were soaked in the Beyşehir lake for six months before being used in the building. At the center of the mosque there is a snow pit. Up to relatively recent times (1940s
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  • Stonework and tiles are what I am used to see with mosques. This one has wooden columns with beautiful red engraving. If you saw Ottoman, Arabic and Persion mosques, see a Seljuk one too, as it is wor...  more »
  • Wonderful stone exterior with ornate carved entrance. Interior has wooden columns with painted detail at top, and a flat wooden roof which is very unusual. Visit early in the morning to avoid the coac...  more »
  • Amazing Mosque. A must see. Set in an area with the old Bedestan & Madrassa around it. Also some old style wooden buildings. One of only 2 mosques in the Anotilan area that has wooden pillars.  more »
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  • Güzel ve antik cami ve antik geçmişi vardır minnetle her zaman ve yerde İslam'ın ve gururunu gösteriyor
  • Beautiful mosque. Recommended!
  • Beautiful!
  • There's a lot of this historic work ziyaretcisi so security requirements, the visitors will disturb the mosque doesn't know adabiından to prayer speaks loudly that b is in so-called Muslim visitors to the famous mosque in Istanbul the infidel does not, even a peep of visit.
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  • He personally saw a rare works, please let us know the value of considering the wood material and workmanship ....???????
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