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Isabey Mosque, Ephesus

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The Isabey Mosque in Selçuk (near Ephesus) is a beautiful example of Seljuk Turkish architecture in an atmospheric location. It is the oldest known example of a Turkish mosque with a courtyard.

History

The Isabey Mosque was built in 1375 at the direction of the Emir of Aydin. Columns and stones from the ruins of the city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis were incorporated into the building. The mosque was restored in 1934.

What to See

The mosque is located just beneath the citadel in Selçuk near the Basilica of St. John. It measures 51m (153 feet) by 57m (171 feet) including a large courtyard.

The mosque itself consists of two lateral aisles covered with two domes in the center. The surviving brick minaret on the north side has an octagonal base. The west facade is covered in marble, carved with beautiful geometric designs and calligraphy inscriptions.

Inside are a mihrab and pulpit, both made of marble, and painted turquoise tiles in the domes. The columns of the interior are Classical, from the local ruins.

Quick Facts on Isabey Mosque

Site Information
Names:Isabey Mosque; Isabey Mosque, Selcuk
City:Ephesus
Country:Turkey
Categories:Mosques
Faiths:Islam
Dates:1375
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Ephesus, Turkey
Coordinates:37.952188° N, 27.365618° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Isabey Mosque

Below is a location map and aerial view of Isabey Mosque. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

References

  1. Frommer's Turkey, 3rd ed.
  2. Isabey Mosque - Kusadasi.com
  3. Isa Bey Mosque - Ephesus.us

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