Külliye

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Süleymaniye Mosque and Külliye in Istanbul

A külliye كلية is a complex of buildings, centred around a mosque and managed within a single institution, often based on a vakıf (foundation), and composed of a medrese (religious school), a darüşşifa (clinic), kitchens, bakery, hammam (bathhouse), other buildings for various charitable services for the community and further annexes. The term is derived from the Arabic word kull (meaning ‘the whole’, ‘all’).

The tradition of külliye is particularly marked in Turkish architecture, within Seljuk – particularly Ottoman Empire and also Timurid architectural legacies.[1]

Notable külliye include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiuiper, Kathleen (2009). Islamic Art, Literature, and Culture. Rosen Education Service. pp. 200–205. ISBN 978-1-61530-019-8.