Based on the dome plan of the Sehzade and Sultan Ahmed Mosques, the New Mosque features sixty-six domes and semi-domes arranged in a pyramid. The main dome is 36 meters high and is flanked by four semi-domes. Like other Ottoman mosques in Istanbul, the mosque is preceded by a large courtyard, which features an ornamental ablution fountain in the center. The interior of the mosque is decorated with blue, green and white Iznik tiles and features colonnades of marble columns connected by diverse arches. In each corner, where the dome meets the supporting pillars, are large plates with the names of first four khalifahs.
The New Mosque was built as part of a larger complex that included a hospital, primary school, public baths and a market. The market survives today as the popular Egyptian Bazaar.
Tours & Tickets
Private Tour: Secret Beauties of Istanbul Tour . Chora Museum, Underground Cistern, Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, The Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)