|Thursday, January 12, 2023
And every mosque has its mark in Istanbul, a mark that testifies to the status of this city, a mark in it from history.
Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) was the capital of the Ottoman Empire in the past and is now the largest city in Turkey. It is a city that combines the present and the past. It is the city of arts and culture, which is characterized by the splendor of the architectural edifices that adorn its skyline and its towering minarets that hug the sky to give a deep spiritual view of the place.
As the Byzantines built churches and magnificent palaces, then the Ottomans came after them and excelled in constructing mosques whose beauty did not change the passage of time until Istanbul became full of the finest models of Islamic architecture, which were described as the most important historical monuments and became a sign of tourism and identification in Turkey, so a visit to Istanbul is not complete without a visit Some of these beautiful mosques .
There are approximately 86,762 mosques, of which 3,317 are in Istanbul, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
And every mosque has its mark in Istanbul, a mark that testifies to the status of this city, an imprint of history, spirituality, greatness and life.
The experience of the month of Ramadan is one of the things that has its own luster and flavor in Istanbul, as the Turkish people consider the month of Ramadan a month of gathering and celebration, so Turkish cities turn into a flame of lit decorations throughout.
There are stalls displaying Islamic books, gifts and small collectibles, as well as Sufi dance evenings that are held after Tarawih prayers, as all the spiritual atmosphere teems with the streets and mosques of Istanbul.
The most beautiful characteristic of Istanbul during the month of Ramadan is the Mevlevi evenings that are abundant in Sufi corners in the Sultanahmet area and Topkapi Palace, where high spiritual and emotional times can be spent that transport the visitor to another world of the famous Turkish heritage, and make him live the Ramadan atmosphere with distinction.
With the approach of the Maghrib call to prayer, yachts spread in the Bosphorus Strait, and it is noted that many tourists eat breakfast on board, in addition to the nice activities on board these boats that hold breakfasts and family Ramadan evenings.
Every night of the holy month of Ramadan, thousands of lovers of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad Khatam, the messengers from the Turks and Muslim communities, crawl towards the "Sultan Ayoub" mosque in the city of Istanbul (northwest), to perform the Isha and Tarawih prayers, in a unique spiritual atmosphere.
The mosque is located on the coast of the "Golden Horn Bay" branching from the Bosphorus Strait outside the walls of Istanbul, and at night it constitutes a stunning view and a quiet area for visitors, which brings spirituality and originality at the same time.
Visitors to the mosque are not limited to Turks only, as it is visited throughout the year, especially in Ramadan, by many tourists, especially Muslims who come to read Al-Fatihah on the spirit of the great companion.
In general, hundreds of minarets and lighthouses rise in the sky of Istanbul, in a scene that constitutes a spiritual masterpiece. In the mosque of Muhammad al-Fatih.. a spiritual shade that Muslims shade in Istanbul.
The Al-Fateh Mosque is one of the most important and largest mosques in Istanbul, and it is one of the oldest large mosques, which Sultan Mehmed Al-Fatih ordered to build, and the mosque also embraces the Al-Fatih shrine.
Where it is located in the heart of the Istanbul neighborhoods inside the old city, on a hill in the Fatih district, and with the concentration of quite a few of the Arab community in the Fatih district, the mosque has become an important destination for them, as well as for Turkish citizens, so it occupies an important place within them, and makes them feel the spiritual atmosphere on various occasions. religious.
And from the Al-Fateh Mosque to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque , or what is called the Blue Mosque, in the seventeenth century AD, Sultan Ahmed built this giant mosque and it is considered one of the most important achievements of Islamic architecture in the Ottoman era, as its interior design is decorated with blue tiles that reflect the sun’s rays inside the mosque in addition to inscriptions And exquisite graphics.
This mosque is famous for being a major destination for tourists in Istanbul, so you will not find a tourist who has visited this city without visiting this unique landmark. It is located in the Sultanahmet district in the Fatih district. It was built in the style of Turkish and Islamic architecture. It can accommodate 10 thousand worshipers, and what distinguishes it most is its giant dome inlaid with blue marble. And its high minarets that adorn the sky of Istanbul, as its exterior design resembles the design of the Grand Mosque with many minarets and interior inscriptions dominated by blue.
And do not forget the Suleymaniye Mosque , which has a historical status. The mosque was named after Sultan Suleiman, who ordered its construction during his reign. It is located near the northern gate of Istanbul University and is considered the largest of its mosques in terms of area.
This giant mosque was built in the sixteenth century, and the mosque is distinguished by its beautiful domes, green garden, and sparkling marble columns. The height of its grand dome is 53 meters. It is located on the top of the Bosphorus plateau, and it was designed with a high degree of good taste, and it was built with many civilizations and cultures.
And many others, such as the Ortakoy Mosque, Al-Hamidiyah, Al-Shakirin, Rustem Pasha, Al-Jadid ... which are all distinguished by their eye-catching architectural designs, their antiquity, and their spiritual-religious atmosphere.
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