Firuzaga Mosque

Firuzaga Mosque, Istanbul

Firuzaga Mosque
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stinkwink
By stinkwink
A mosque that taught me something.
Jun 2019
Walking on Divanyolu street, suddenly, a beautiful call of prayer sounded. It came from the Minaret of a small compact mosque. Reading on the information column, I learned that it is Firuz aga's Mosque. Located on Divan Yolu street, close to all significant landmarks, this tiny mosque is built in Bursa style. Firuz aga, who was the head treasurer of Sultan Beyazıt II. erected this charming single minaret mosque in the 15th century. He had his tomb and sarcophagus next to the mosque, but as the Divan Yolu Street was widened, and both of them were removed. The marble sarcophagus can be found on the front of the wall of the mosque, next to the Minaret, but the cemetery was demolished. Poor Firuz, if he had known the fate of his final resting place, he would have chosen better. As we entered the mosque almost straight from the street, I did not understand this unusual arrangement. Where is the usual courtyard?- I thought. Then, after reading a little about it, I learned the situation. The decoration, like most mosques, is minimalist. No more than some stained glass windows and ornate tiles on the wall, especially around the mihrab. Next to it is a carved, dark lacquered minbar. On a circular hanger, a row of lamps illuminates and the usual ornate soft carpet that covers every corner of the floor. On the side, two men slept peacefully on the rug. It was the first time I had seen such a scene, and it shocked me. Then, when the third and fourth mosques I have met to the same thing, I realized that what I see was just Muslim charity. My Christian homeland forbids and punishes homelessness, while Muslim Turkey keeps the gates of mosques open to those in need. In a mosque, you would be silent anyway, but we took great care not to disturb the dream of those who rest there.

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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Jun 2019
Walking on Divanyolu street, suddenly, a beautiful call of prayer sounded. It came from the Minaret of a small compact mosque. Reading on the information column, I learned that it is Firuz aga's Mosque.
Located on Divan Yolu street, close to all significant landmarks, this tiny mosque is built in Bursa style. Firuz aga, who was the head treasurer of Sultan Beyazıt II. erected this charming single minaret mosque in the 15th century. He had his tomb and sarcophagus next to the mosque, but as the Divan Yolu Street was widened, and both of them were removed. The marble sarcophagus can be found on the front of the wall of the mosque, next to the Minaret, but the cemetery was demolished. Poor Firuz, if he had known the fate of his final resting place, he would have chosen better.
As we entered the mosque almost straight from the street, I did not understand this unusual arrangement. Where is the usual courtyard?- I thought. Then, after reading a little about it, I learned the situation.
The decoration, like most mosques, is minimalist. No more than some stained glass windows and ornate tiles on the wall, especially around the mihrab. Next to it is a carved, dark lacquered minbar. On a circular hanger, a row of lamps illuminates and the usual ornate soft carpet that covers every corner of the floor. On the side, two men slept peacefully on the rug. It was the first time I had seen such a scene, and it shocked me. Then, when the third and fourth mosques I have met to the same thing, I realized that what I see was just Muslim charity. My Christian homeland forbids and punishes homelessness, while Muslim Turkey keeps the gates of mosques open to those in need.
In a mosque, you would be silent anyway, but we took great care not to disturb the dream of those who rest there.
Written October 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Departure811861
Germany852 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Inconspicuous as it may seem, Firuz Ağa Cami from the 15th century has much more to it. It has got a square plan, and a dome on a tambour. Due to its position in Divan Yolu it is frequented by a lot of people when it is time for prayer.
There was a graveyard in former times, but when Divan Yolu was widened in the past, the graveyard was cleared, I mean it is no longer there.
Written April 30, 2019
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SOQ2010
Massachusetts1,816 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Out of Sultanahmet tram station one comes across this Ottoman era Masjid,built in late 15th century also a part of heritage site.
Written April 3, 2019
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Took a brief moment to pause at another UNESCO listed building, we almost overlooked it. great signage about its construction and unsure whether you can enter this Mosque, but we didn't.
Written February 24, 2019
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Hint of Pepper
Nuneaton, UK2,738 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
With it's illustrious bigger brother in Sultanahmet Mosque and Hagia Sophia, this mosque is easily overlooked. It is situated next to the tram station opposite the food shops. Simple but unmistakable Ottoman architecture and some interesting history to go with this mosque. This is a good spot to hear the famous echo effect when the call to prayer starts as you can hear several others played from local mosques here.
Written September 16, 2017
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a very central mosque of Istanbul. We saw it almost daily while walking down Divan Yolu Street. It is in the close proximity of the major historical attractions of Sultanahmet Area . This mosque was commissioned by Firuz Aga, who was the chief treasurer of Sultan Beyazit II. It was built in 1491 in Bursa style. This mosque too was part of a mosque complex but as the roads were expanded only the mosque survived. We were all very impressed by the mosque's simplicity. It has several notable features like the entrance niche, the marble sarcophagus of Firoz Aga bellow the minaret and the Sheikh Hamdullah Efindi's scripted tablet.
Written November 27, 2016
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waqarsarwar
Islamabad, Pakistan613 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
A small mosque situated very close to the Sultanahmet Square which was built by Firuz Aga, the head treasurer of the then Sultan. Does not cover much of history but yes while strolling casually in the Sultanahmet Square, one can definitely go and have a look inside.
Written June 9, 2016
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yesiltren
Japan1,039 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
This mosque is small but beautiful and elegant, I spent some time when I was a bit tired after spending within the bustle of Sultanahmet district. There are always some local people. Need to wear a scarf inside the mosque.
Written March 14, 2016
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Kenan T
Calgary, Canada1,477 contributions
Feb 2016
Two minutes away from Sultan Ahmed camii is Firuzaga masjid, small but beautiful. Built in 1491 by Firuz aga,the Chief Treasurer of Sultan Beyazid II.
Written March 4, 2016
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
This is a small but attractive looking mosque located fairly close to the Hagia Sophia. When I visited in Nov 2015 it didn't seem to be possible to go inside, but that was possibly because I chose the wrong time to go. Unfortunately it's hard to look around the area by yourself without being accosted by various touts offering services.
Written January 1, 2016
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