Atik Valide Mosque
|Atik Valide Mosque|
The exterior of the mosquee as seen from the inner yard
|Materials||granite, marble, tile|
The Atik Valide Mosque (name translation: Old Mosque of the Sultan's Mother) was one of the most extensive mosque complexes in Istanbul area. The mosque was built for Nurbanu Sultan, the Venetian-born wife of Selim II and the mother of Murat III. She was the first valide sultan (queen mother) that exercised effective rule over the Ottoman Empire from the harem during the period known as the Sultanate of Women.
The famed imperial architect Mimar Sinan completed the mosque in 1583, and it was his last major work. It has a wide shallow dome which rest on five semidomes, with a flat arch over the entrance portal. The interior is surrounded on three sides by galleries.
- Governorship of Istanbul. "General information on Atik Valide Mosque". Retrieved 2009-03-07.
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