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Isa Bey Mosque

Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #18 of 42 Attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This fine example of Seljukian architecture was purposely built with an asymmetrical style along...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This fine example of Seljukian architecture was purposely built with an asymmetrical style along with several Ottoman style elements, which are revealed in the turquoise and blue faience mosaics.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Turkey is filled with camii (mosques), but this one was the most special one of all. Walking in you immediately get a sense of what it must have been like back in the day, when mosques were the centre of the community. I could sit here for hours.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Definitely worth seeing, especially as it is a few steps away from St John's Basilica. Beautiful and intimate. Also has interesting small shops outside.

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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting and praying in the ancient Mosque. Kids played and rested in the courtyard. A peaceful place for friday prayers. Lovely simple architecture but so tastefully done. Really enjoyed visiting.

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Aalst, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Well I've seen many mosques in my lifetime, and this one is a very old, but well preserved one. It can't be compared to the later huge buildings as in Esfahan, but it has an architectural beauty of its own, and it is one of the oldest mosques I ever saw.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Going to Isa Bey mosque would be worth your visit if you don't plan to visit any other mosques outside of Istanbul. It's a good example of how older mosques are structured and restored for future generations.

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Capel, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Try visiting on a Saturday afternoon and you may be able to witness the intersection of the old and the new, with local brides and grooms turning up near sunset to have their photos taken of their special day. The mosque has a peaceful atmosphere. I especially enjoyed sitting in the courtyard and watching the birds around the minaret.

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San Antonio, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The Isabey mosque is about a 5 minute walk from Basilica of St. John. It is an ancient mosque like fifty others in Turkey. We spent about 10 minutes looking it over.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Mosque is a welcoming and interesting place to visit. It is best have a guide to explain the background and Muslim traditions, but that is not essential. The size and layout of the Mosque is interesting and overall this makes for a good visit.

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West Sussex
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156 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A small mosque dating to the 14th century, and partly restored. The courtyard is a perfect place away from crowds and tourist tat, but when you go inside there is an air of tranquility, whatever your religion. The building is simply decorated, which appeal to me, with carvings in the courtyard that are really photogenic. However, tour buses decend and... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The Imam greeted us and gave us information about the mosque. It is the oldest in Turkey and not far from the basilica of St John. It is a very peaceful place to visit and you are allowed to take pictures inside and out.

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