Antalya Muratpaşa Mosque

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Parking area: No. But there is a big mall which has free car parking area near to the mosque.

Entrance fee: No.

Closed days: No.

Distance from Antalya Republic Square (City Center): 550 m on foot or 650 m by car.

Distance from Antalya international airport: 14 km (Mersin-Antalya main roads/D400 and D685)

Distance from Antalya bus station: 6.2 km (Mersin-Antalya main road/D400)

 

Importance and general aspects:

Muratpaşa Mosque is a historical and cultural place in the center of Antalya. The central district of Antalya, Muratpaşa district takes its name from this mosque. Although it was built in 1570 during the Ottoman period, traces of Seljuk calligraphic art can be seen in the mosque1. It is known that there were an imaret, an inn and a madrasah in the mosque in previous periods, but these structures could not survive until today2. The fact that there were two Murat Pasha associated with Antalya in this period of Ottoman history created a confusion about the person who built the mosque. Based on Evliya Çelebi’s Travelogue, the mosque builder is known as Kuyucu Murat Pasha Mosque for many years, who was the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman, but according to the data obtained in recent years show that the mosque was built by the Karaman Bey Murat Paşa3.

The mosque in a large garden with centuries-old plane trees is approximately 19m × 18m in size and built with dimension stone material. The last three-unit congregation in the front has pointed arches open with two colored stones on the façade. The arches are placed in columns with one of the muqarnas and the other three with acanthus leaf spolia heads. The units are covered with domes provided with pendentives4.

How to get there

Because of the mosque in the center of Antalya there are lots of option to reach there. It is located between tram and bike road, most of public transport passes near the mosque. It is also easy to reach there on foot for people who is already in the city center.

What to do?

It is a place worth seeing with its unique architecture and beautiful garden.

What to eat?

It is possible to find many different kinds of restaurants around.

What to buy?

Buffet, gift shop, and book shops exist in the area.

 

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