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Yivli Minaret Mosque


Yivli Minaret Mosque




Yivli MinaretThe Yivli Minaret Mosque is an extraordinary example of multi-dome construction in Anatolia. This elegant fluted minaret mosque, decorated with dark blue tiles, is a landmark and symbol of the city. Built in 1230, the minaret is 38 metres high and has with eight fluted sections and has 90 steps to the top.

Originally the building was a Byzantine church that during the reign of the Seljuk sultan Ala ad-Din Kay Qubadh I (1220-1237) was converted into a mosque around 1225-7. The original mosque was destroyed in the 14th century and a new mosque was built which, with its six domes.

Today the building houses the Antalya Ethnographic Museum and contains clothing, kitchen utensils, embroidery, tapestries and looms, socks, sacks, kilims, ornaments, and nomadic tents. It was opened to the public in 1974.


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