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“Impressive restoration”

Great Mosque of DiyarbakIr
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Diyarbakir
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We visited in April 2014 with the restoration two thirds done. The main interior is sumptuous notably the ceiling. Apparently it is packed on a Friday so try another day. If female ensure you have a head scarf and that your legs are covered plus no shorts for men. Note the 800 year old sundial in the courtyard.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Yes, being under renovation and women prohibited to enter inside the mosque, this place has the mysticism even in the garden. Oct 2012, it was half closed, the best part I might say. You would be entering the area through a vault, where you can take the best photos.
Make sure to observe people praying in the garden on one side. You will see many different men with long long beards and different light on their faces.
I love this place.
Been there the second time. The renovations will end hopefully in 2013 September all around Diyarbakir and I can say it is safe to travel there. Had not even a slightest disturbance both times.

Thank Jardzy Z
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

The prayer hall is long and predictably peaceful.
women will need to have legs, arms, head and of course chest covered - you can look in but don't go on Friday or at prayer times. It isn't the friendliest mosque, but worth a look.

Thank HalfyB
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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.

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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

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