|Architect(s)||Mustafa Ağa, Simon Kalfa|
|Architectural style||Ottoman Baroque architecture|
|Height (max)||43.50 m|
|Dome dia. (inner)||25 m|
|Minaret height||60 m?|
It is considered one of the finest examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style. It was built by architects Mustafa Ağa and Simon Kalfa from the order of Sultan Mahmut I and completed by his brother and successor Sultan Osman III. The architects adopted Baroque architectural elements, the mosque is also distinctive with the absence of an ablution fountain (Turkish: şadırvan). Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located near the entrance to the Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar), Column of Constantine and the historical Atik Ali Paşa Mosque.
The prayer hall is covered by a single dome 25 m in diameter, it has two minarets with two balconies. The colonnaded portico has a half circle plan, unique for Ottoman mosques. The height of the dome is 43,50 m from the floor level. In the backgarden there is a Türbe (tomb). The mosque is part of a larger complex (Külliye) consisting of a sebil (fountain), medrese, (Islamic school) consisting of 20 domed rooms and one large classroom (dershane), imaret, and the library, which today is part of the Süleymaniye library and contains personal collections of Mahmud I and Osman III with a total of 7,600 volumes of whom 5052 are manuscripts.
Section and plan of the mosque published by Cornelius Gurlitt in 1912
- Nuruosmaniye Complex at ArchNet.org
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