Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Most cities in Turkey especially the big ones has its grand mosque (Ulu Camii) and Mardin is no exception.  The grand mosque of Mardin is located further down the edge of the mountain so much so that looking at it from above a distance, the several green mounds of plains below serves as a dramatic background including the horizons where the country of Syria lies.

The Turkey-Syria horizon.

The grand mosque was built during the 12th century by the ruler of the Artukid Turks, Qutb ad-din Ilghazi. Its tall minaret dominates the skyline of the city.  It is divided into four decorative sections with carved rings and a muqarnas balcony.

Kufic compositions inscribed in tear drop motifs and medallions adorn the lower two sections, while the third section and the octagonal tower above the balcony are decorated simply with blind niches and arcades framed by carved moldings.

There were originally two minarets, but one collapsed many centuries ago.  The ribbed dome is quite interesting against the seemingly endless horizon.

I went to this coffee teahouse called "Mekan I Fecr" with an entrance along the Cumhuriyet Cadessi as there is a closer nice view of the minaret and the dome on top of the mosque against the plains.  

Same view can be seen standing at the terraces of Zinciriye Medrese, although a bit far.


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