This is another series of shots of one of the truly great mosques in Bursa the Yesil or Green (1424) Mosque. It has a wealth of great tiles and carving, apart from just being good architecture.I visited the mosque once again in December 2006. I used flash to bring out more natural clours on the great tilework. Reflection caused some trouble, overall I think the result is acceptable.
This is decoration iun a corridor connecting the entrance part with the main room, with superb tiles.
The Yeşil Cami (‘Green’ mosque, because of the predominant colour of its tiles inside) is the most decorated of the city’s houses of prayer. Built for sultan Mehmed I Çelebi (1389-1421) by the architect Hacı Ivaz Paşa, who was also an army commander and a vizier; he is the architect of the Yeşil Türbe (mausoleum) too. The mosque’s building was finished in 1419, its inner decoration in 1424.
The Yeşil Mosque can be shown as the perfect blend between architecture and embellishment, the proof that such works of art were produced in a country where the battles between siblings had come to an end and peace had returned.
On the picture: The walls of the inner vestibule are covered with hexagonal dark green tiles and, on each side, a great circle filled with blue, white and golden-yellow arabesques of tendrils and flowers. The tiles were locally produced, by artisans from Tabriz (Iran), under the supervision of Ali bin İlyas Ali, a ‘nakkaş’ (painter-designer) from Bursa, who had been sent to Samarkand by Timurlenk in 1402.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘Türkye Tarihi Yerler Kılavuzu’ – M.Orhan Bayrak, Inkılâp Kitabevi, Istanbul, 1994 - Wikipedia,
& ‘Vakıf Abideler ve eski Eserler’ - Vakıflar Genel Müdürlüğü III, Ankara 1983 .