Ince Minaret Medrese
|İnce Minareli Medrese|
İnce Minareli Medrese, front facade.
|Architectural style||Islamic, Seljuk architecture|
İnce Minareli Medrese (literally Slender Minaret Medrese) is a 13th-century medrese (Islamic school) located in Konya, Turkey, now housing the Museum of Stone and Wood Art (Taş ve Ahşap Eserler Müzesi).
Built between 1258-1279 by the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate vizier Sâhib Ata Fahreddin Ali who later founded the Anatolian beylik of Sâhib Ata. The minaret was originally much taller than the section that survives today, and had an unusually slender appearance in comparison to the minarets of other contemporary Seljuk mosques, hence the name of the structure.
The building has a highly ornamented stone façade which includes relief work of scripts, geometric patterning and vertical ribbon-like lines. The entrance is surrounded by a band of elegant Thuluth, depicting Sura 36 and Sura 110.
The minaret was damaged by lightning in 1901, and was restored in 1956.
The building now houses a museum of stone and wooden objects dating from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.
- Justin McCarthy, The Ottoman Turks, (Longman Publishing, 1997), 1.
- Annemarie Schimmel, Islamic Calligraphy, (Brill, 1970), 22.
- Malise Ruthven and Azim Nanji, Historical Atlas of Islam, (Harvard University Press, 2004), 44.