near Sinan
Kaleiçi

This site shows a bit of hybrid architecture which is typical of Antalya with its ever-changing ownership. Built on the converted site of a former Byzantine church, the most noticeable element of the mosque is the fluted minaret to the North East of the Kaleiçi area. Originally this site was a castle and it contains tombs and a dervish lodge.

Based on a square block covered in intricate mosaics – sadly largely lost – the column rises to the heavens with an octagonal cross section. The ribbed sides of the tower are covered with brown and blue tiles. The whole construction is topped off by an Islamic arched balcony providing a suitably grand podium for the Imam to call to prayer.

The prayer hall currently hosts the Antalya Museum of Ethnography after holding the Archaeology museum until 1969.

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