The Yivliminare Mosque or Alaaddin Mosque or Yivli Minare Mosque is a classic Mosque which is also also known as the Ulu Mosque (Turkish: Ulu Cami, “Grand Mosque”) in Antalya. The complex contains the giant-din Keyhüsrev Medrese, Selyuq and Dervish Lodge and the vaults of Zincirkiran and Nigar Hatu. It belongs to the külliye (the complex of constructions). The mosque is situated in the old centre of the town, Kaleikapısı Meydanı, on the way to Cumhuriyet Caddesi. A monument and emblem of the town is the floating minaret of the mosque known as Yivli Minare, adorned by dark blue tiles. The list of World Heritage sites in Turkey was tentative in 2016.
The Mosque is renowned to exemplify a distinct form of Turkish Anatolian Architecture with its rained minaret. It is a Selyuk work dating back to the 13th c. and was one of the first Islamic monuments in the city. This is one of the outstanding specimens of Anatolia’s domed mosque tradition. It is constructed rectangularly in the cross section and half a sphere with six domes and was repaired by Mehmet Beg of Hamitoğulları in 1372, per the inscription at the entry door.
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History of Yivliminare Mosque
In Kaleiçi (Old Town Center) on Cumhuriyet Street, near to Antalya Square, Yivli Minaret Mosque or Yivliminare Mosque is located. The fluted minaret of the mosque, known as the “Yivli Minaret,” is a landmark and icon of the city. Even yet, the entry entry says that Mehmet Bey, a grandson of Yunus Bey of the Hamitoglu clan, built the Yivli Minaret Mosque in 1373. The original Mosque was erected in 1230 utilising the walls of a once the same ruined mediaeval church.
In the 14th century, the Yivli Minare Mosque was destroyed and the six domes of the hall reconstructed. With their outside tiles, cathedrals grab attention. It is one of the oldest examples of Anatolian multi-domed mosques. The layout of the mosque is rectangular and the building is flat. The roof has 12 columns with heads of old columns. The outside walls of the mosque are built of hewn stone.
Alaaddin Keykubad I, the sultan of the Seldjuks, ruled between 1220 and 1237. The minaret is noteworthy for its minaret. A single example of anatolian Turkish architecture, this 38-meter high fluted minaret. It is located on a massive 6.5 metre and 5.5 metre square stone base. Initially embellished with dark blue and turquoise mosaics, the eight semi-circular grooved red brick shaft was.
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Architectural Beauty of Yivliminare Mosque
The Yivli Minaret Mosque, with its fluid minaret, exhibits a distinctive architectural design. The minarets of Afyon Gedik Ahmet Paşa Mosque, Amasya Burmalı Minaret Mosque, Tire Karahasan Mosque and one minaret of Edirne Üç Šerefeli Mosque are also comparable with other similar minarets in Anatolia. But with its never before seen form and design Yivli Minaret Mosque differentiates itself from them. In 1953 and 1961, the minaret was renovated by the Directorate General of Cultural Patrimony and Museums. The Directorate General of Foundations restored its spire in 1973.
How to Get to Yivliminare Mosque
By hiring a car or a cab, you can reach Perge. Perge, with a road distance of 18.8 kilometres, is now only 16 kilometres from the airport of Antalya. Therefore, you should take a taxi to Perge as it will take only 18 minutes. It will be one of the quickest possibilities.
During the autumn and spring, September-October and April-may, are the greatest times to visit Perge. The sky is clear, the temperature is delightfully mild and these are perfect months. You must avoid the hot season from June to early September when temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius.