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THE MOSQUE OF BEYAZIT

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar who is a famous writer, describes Beyazıt Mosque as “seed thrown onto Istanbul’s soil.”

The Mosque of Beyazıt located in Beyazıt Square was built by order of Sultan Beyazıt II. The mosque was completed years between 1500-1505. The materials from the Byzantine era were used fort he construction of courtyard paving and water depot fountain of columns.

According to legend on the day the mosque was completed Sultan Beyazıt II bought a pair of pigeons from a poor woman and set them free. It is believed thaat the thousands of pigeons which now fly over Beyazıt Mosque. Beyazıt Square and Covered Bazaar are descended from those pigeon.

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