Dolmabahce Mosque

DOLMABAHCE PALACE

Dolmabahce Mosque

Dolmabahce Mosque was built along with the Dolmabahce Palace in neo-classical and imperial style and located in the south of Dolmabahce Palace, on the coast. These types of mosques are quite rich in decorations and ornaments of Rococo and Baracoa style. Dolmabahce Mosque architecture is very different from the classical Ottoman mosque. It resembles a highly decorated palace hall more than a holy place since it was designed as a part of the Dolmabahce Palace. 

Originally the Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan, mother of Sultan Abdulmecid, commissioned this mosque, but after her death it was continued by Sultan Abdulmecid. Its architect was Karabet Balyan and he completed The Dolmabahce Mosque in 1855. This Mosque is one of the most famous examples of the 19th century Ottoman mosques. The mosque has rectangular shaped two-storey royalty section and an obvious geometric structure with its 25 x 25 m base. It was the part of the palace complex so it contains a front section in which the state officials and sovereign could worship and a two-storey section for the sovereign suitable for the public procession of the Sultan to the mosque on Fridays.

Dolmabahce Mosque has two minarets just with a single balcony and a single dome resting on a square floor. The interior part has a decoration having a mixture of ampere and baroque styles. Precious chandelier hangs from the dome. Mimbar (pulpit) and Mihrab (niche) is made of red porphyry and decorated with European patterns. The light from the large windows contributes to the beauty of the colorful marble interior decoration.

Dolmabahce Mosque