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Osman | profile | all galleries >> KONYA >> Aziziye Mosque 1671-1676 CE tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

AKSEHIR, THE LAND OF NASRETTIN HODJA | Mawlana Shrine / Mevlana Türbesi | Konya Ince Minare Madrasah 1264 CE | Alaeddin Hill Complex and the Mosque | Aziziye Mosque 1671-1676 CE

Aziziye Mosque 1671-1676 CE

Built in 1676, this uniquely out of ordinary, at least for the area, mosque has the heavy influence of Rococo in its decorations. The Baroque style too is present in its structure such as the window bays. They are just as wide and tall as the doors. The dome too is set above the columns that are integrated into the walls. However it is quite likely that absence of the columns were present even before the reconstruction took place after a big fire in 1867-74. This construction was the turning period in its life. The plain white walls tend to bring to the fore of this rich detailing. The rich detailing of Mihrap, indicating the direction of Mecca, with its acanthus leaves, the double marble pseudo-columns adorning the both side of the niche and crowned with a floral arch has the definite rococo influence of the time. The sun rays in the arch of the niche are adorned with an extra element that is associated with the empire at that time. Similar examples are common in Istanbul, the capitol of the empire.

On the outside walls again the pseudo-columns with their mixture of floral ionic capital heads in between the huge windows create a movement that is usually associated with Baroque. The windows are just huge. As if the columns were placed first and the door and the windows were fitted in between them. The minaret balcony has the cage like design with a roof and supporting columns. This, however was not intentional but rather was the product of the restoration after the fire. If you look carefully into the balcony you will see that the minaret is continuing up words. So with a high probability before the fire this was a simple minaret reflecting its time with a cone above it.

I think that Aziziye presents herself as one of the rare example of baroque/rococo stylized mosque outside of the capitol in the Ottoman realm. Enjoy!....
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