Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time during which practitioners observe fasting from sunrise until sunset. Ramadan began Tuesday, July 9th in Turkey. Read the rest of this entry »
In the district of Üsküdar located on the Asian side of Istanbul, among the countless mosques dating from the Ottoman Empire era, Şakirin mosque has opened May 8, 2009.
It cuts drastically with all other religious buildings that have been accustomed to see in Turkey and for a good reason. Read the rest of this entry »
The city of Konya is located in the heart of Central Anatolia. It is a very popular place of pilgrimage since it houses the tomb of Mevlâna, one of the greatest Sufi thinkers of all time. Celal ed-Din Rumi, better known under the name Mevlâna, , renowned theologian born in 1207, on request of the Seljuk Sultan Alaeedin Keykubad I, comes to live with his father in Konya. The meeting of Rumi, nickname Mevlâna with Şems’i Tebrizi, Iranian dervish, will transform his life spiritually as he dedicated his energies to divine love through writing and the ritual of the sema, the dance of the whirling dervishes. Read the rest of this entry »
Completed in 1557 by most famous Ottoman architect Sinan on top of one of the seven hills of Istanbul, the Suleymaniye Mosque overlooks the Golden Horn with its four minarets ornamented with all ten balconies which are visible from far away.
With the request of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Sinan created in seven years one of the masterpieces of the city that he only considers in his book as a work of a journeyman. Read the rest of this entry »
Compare to the famous Blue Mosque and Süleymaniye,Sehzade Mosque is not well known by the tourists, even thogh it bears the signature of Sinan, the most famous Ottoman architect, and is near the Aqueduct of Valens.
Built at the request of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, is dedicated to the memory of his eldest son Mehmet, died of smallpox at the age of 21 in 1543. Read the rest of this entry »