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“Under Renovation”

Great Mosque of DiyarbakIr
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Diyarbakir
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Under Renovation”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

I think this would have been very interesting, but I don't think the work will be finished for a couple of years, so be sure to get an update before you attempt a visit.

Visited June 2012
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“Mosque serves for four sects of Islam”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

Diyabakır Ulu Camii, as locally known, has been considered one of the earliest mosques of Anatolia.Originally converted from a church, Mar-Thome, following the capture of the city by Arabs in 639. Resembling the Umayyad mosque in Damascus, Ulu Camii is considered the fifth holliest site in Islamic world.

The mosque has a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by two madrashas, Mesudiye and Zinciriye medreseleri and two mosques one for Shafii sect and the other for Hanifi sect. The complex re-used materials from previous structures ( Byzantine Monastery) has undergone innumerous renovations over the centuries leaving behind more than twenty inscriptions regarding the renovation years.

The courtyard has an octagonal roofed fountain made in 1849 , an open prayer section, namazgah, a pool, and a 900 years old sundial made by world famous medival arab inventor, El Cezeri, considered the founder of cybernetics.The square based minaret (probably the old bell tower) is extended by a round top with one balcony.

The interior of Ulu Camii does not look like an ordinary mosque, rather resembles a church. The current altar and pulpit is said to be from 18th century.

We were there during a hot afternoon in Ramadan ( fasting) , the cool interior was full of men napping trying to pass time off prayer hours. The magnificient stenciled ceiling above and the inscription around the altar must be checked .The colored woodwork at the entrance should also be paid attention. The facades of the buildings around courtyard are also very nice .

One of the most important feature of this complex is the worshippers from four different sects of Islam can pray in this complex.

Mosque is within the city walls and in the old city center. You shouıld check prayer hours where mornings are always safe to visit mosques since day prayers start at noon. Ladies should wear head scarf, no shorts or bare arms are allowed. Shoes must be taken off and can be kept at the shelves inside the mosque

Visited April 2011
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