Atik Valide Mosque

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Atik Valide Mosque
Atik Valide Mosque.jpg
The exterior of the mosque as seen from the inner yard
Basic information
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Geographic coordinates 41°01′08″N 29°01′26″E / 41.018797°N 29.023862°E / 41.018797; 29.023862Coordinates: 41°01′08″N 29°01′26″E / 41.018797°N 29.023862°E / 41.018797; 29.023862
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Mimar Sinan
Architectural style Ottoman
Completed 1583
Materials granite, marble, tile
The dome of the mosque.

The Atik Valide Mosque (Turkish: Atik Valide Camii, Eski Valide Camii) is an Ottoman mosque located on the hill above a large and densely populated district of Üsküdar, in Istanbul, Turkey.


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 Murad 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.

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