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Laleli Mosque, Istanbul

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The Laleli Mosque is an 18th-century Ottoman imperial mosque located in Laleli, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey.
The Laleli Mosque was built by Sultan Mustafa III from 1760–1763, designed in the baroque style by Ottoman imperial architect Mehmet Tahir Ağa.
The complex was destroyed by a fire in 1783 shortly after its completion and was immediately rebuilt. A fire in 1911 destroyed the madrasah, and subsequent road construction work destroyed many other auxiliary structures to the mosque.
The mosque was built on a high terrace over a complex of vaulted shops, whose rents were intended to financially support the mosque complex. Underneath the mosque structure itself is a great hall, supported by eight enormous pillars with a fountain in the center.
The mosque is oriented along a northwest-southeast axis, and has a rectangular courtyard about twice the size of the prayer hall to the northwest. This courtyard has a continuous arcade with eighteen domed bays and an ablution fountain in the center. The mosque itself has a brick and masonry base, with a masonry superstructure and octagonal drum supporting the dome. There are two minarets located at either end of the portico flanking the courtyard entrances.
The Laleli Mosque is an octagon inscribed within a rectangle, with a gallery on its western end. The walls make use of colorful variegated marbles in red, blue, yellow and browns, further decorated with medallions in opus sectile using also semi-precious onyx and jaspers. The mihrab and mimbar are likewise richly decorated with precious marbles. The interior is well lit, with numerous windows in combinations of white and stained glass.
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  • Really very old husterok nice i hope for all to visit best end meyzek dukarthion speshell mosk i like husterok  more »
  • When I visited here, tulips were in full bloom. Corresponded with the name of this mosque! ( Lale means tulip. ) The inside of the mosque was slpendid and beautiful. Really breathtaking!! There is a.....  more »
  • Laleli Mosque was lying very quiet when I visited it on Wednesday of last week, at around 4 pm. I had strolled down from Sultanahmet to Beyazit, Ordu Caddesi, and then on to Laleli Bulvarı. When you....  more »
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  • A good mosque but small, I went for Friday prayer and the atmosphere was good. Very close to the tram stations and there are buses near it all the time
  • very beautiful masjed, not wide but big enough or daily paryers
  • The mosque is very well maintained and nicely designed. I always like the energy consumption practices in Turkey.
  • Good place to live in a quiet area and a lot of good currency exchange markets
  • They gives you clothes for praying. Turkish people are very kind for welcome foreigners. Love that city 💜

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