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Isa Bey Mosque, Selcuk

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The İsabey Mosque, constructed in 1374–75, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian beyliks. The mosque is situated on the outskirts of the Ayasluğ Hills at Selçuk, İzmir.HistoryIt was built by the architect, 'Ali b. Mushaimish Dımışklıoğlu, in honor of the Aydinid İsa Bey. The plans for the mosque are based on the Great Mosque of Damascus.The mosque has two main entrances, to the east and to the west and contains a fountain court. The western wall has inscriptions and geometric shapes engraved. These walls are covered with marble, whereas the façades on the remaining sides are made of cut stone. It is built asymmetrically on a 48by base. The rims of its domes, with diameters of 9.4m and 8.1m, are decorated with İznik (Nicaea) tiles. Twelve round columns stand inside its courtyard encircled with porches. Its brick minaret is built on an octagonal base, and the upper part from the balcony is ruined. The mosque had another minaret on the west, which is totally destroyed now. The mihrab (niche or altar) was moved to another mosque, due to a door opened there. There is an octagonal Seljuk türbe made of stone and bricks, with a pyramid shaped roof, right next to the mosque.
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  • A huge old mosque with well preserve that I found in Selcuk. With its beautiful indoor architecture and outdoor landscape, this mosque is a treasure. A little prayer was done before took few nice pict...  more »
  • Isa Bey Mosque is one of the best example of Seljukian architecture located next to The Basilica Saint John. It built in 14 century. The interior of the mosque is great. Some of the columns of the mos...  more »
  • Built in the late 14th century it has a nice courtyard and a partial minaret that was not completely destroyed by earthquakes in the 17th century (the main minaret was destroyed). The mosque was built...  more »
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  • One of the earliest big mosques in anatolia built in 14th century.
  • The Isa Bey Mosque is an example of Seljuk architecture. It is the oldest known example of a Turkish mosque with a courtyard._
  • The very first open air courtyard mosque in anatolia.
  • Old but far from impressive or particulary nice
  • Great views, very impressive of the mosque.

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Where to stay in Selcuk

Though its close proximity to Ephesus puts the small town of Selçuk on the map, you'll find just a handful of guesthouses in the immediate area. Many are small and family operated--and budget-friendly--and some offer free shuttles to nearby Roman ruins. For more upscale options, explore the hotels a few miles east of Selçuk in the hillside town of Sirince. For luxury accommodations, you'll have to venture farther west to the coast for four- and five-star seaside resorts.
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