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Published: August  19, 2014

Hirka-I Serif Mosque

The mosque, located in the Muhtesip İskender neighborhood of Fatih, was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1851 for the purpose of housing and protecting the Prophet Mohammed's mantle. For this reason, the mosque was named "Hırka-i Şerif, the Holy Mantle. The structure occupies a prominent place within Istanbul folklore. From the 15th day of the month of Ramadan to the 27th night-the Night of Power, the Holy Mantle is on display to visitors. Various annexes surround the mosque, such as housing for employees, barracks once used for guard residences (now converted into an elementary school). The courtyard has three palatial doors opening onto the mosque which is constructed of stone. The octagonal core of the structure, flanked by two minarets, is covered by a dome with eight windows. On the eastern-most courtyard door is an inscription etched by the famous calligrapher, Hattat Kazasker İzeddin, signifying the monogram of sultan Abdulmecid. Eight framed inscriptions- also the Hattat's work-adorn the space just below the dome, detailing the monogram of Sultan Abdulmecid. The 'mihrab', the pulpit of the preacher and that of the imam are made of red porphyry, rock containing large,conspicuous crystals.

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Address :

Hırka-i Serif Mah., Akseki Cd - Eski Ali pasa Cd. Fatih, İstanbul


Schedule :

Daily: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Published: August  19, 2014

Hirka-I Serif Mosque

The mosque, located in the Muhtesip İskender neighborhood of Fatih, was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1851 for the purpose of housing and protecting the Prophet Mohammed's mantle. For this reason, the mosque was named "Hırka-i Şerif, the Holy Mantle. The structure occupies a prominent place within Istanbul folklore. From the 15th day of the month of Ramadan to the 27th night-the Night of Power, the Holy Mantle is on display to visitors. Various annexes surround the mosque, such as housing for employees, barracks once used for guard residences (now converted into an elementary school). The courtyard has three palatial doors opening onto the mosque which is constructed of stone. The octagonal core of the structure, flanked by two minarets, is covered by a dome with eight windows. On the eastern-most courtyard door is an inscription etched by the famous calligrapher, Hattat Kazasker İzeddin, signifying the monogram of sultan Abdulmecid. Eight framed inscriptions- also the Hattat's work-adorn the space just below the dome, detailing the monogram of Sultan Abdulmecid. The 'mihrab', the pulpit of the preacher and that of the imam are made of red porphyry, rock containing large,conspicuous crystals.