Grand Mosque

First period one of the oldest mosques of the Ottomans

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It is estimated that the Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque) was built as a Friday mosque by Danishmenth Yörükleri, who started to settle around Ezine for the first time in the 12th century and founded a village called Omar Danishmenth. The difference of the Friday mosque from others is that Friday market is set up around it. Friday mosques are an indispensable architectural part of the social community of that period in order for Muslims to sell their goods and to see each other and to perform their prayerr at the same time. After the Friday prayer, the ruler and the notables of the region would integrate with the people, listen to their problems and announce the orders and decrees of the state to the public. It is known that this was a sunnah (tradition) of our Prophet Mohammed (PBuH) and was followed since the time of the Four Caliphs. Moreover, performing the Friday prayer in a central place is one of Islam’s orders. As a Turkish-Islamic tradition, when the city expanded and a second mosque was built, the first mosque was called Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque). Ezine city center was established and developed around Cuma Mosque and Grand Mosque as a Friday market.

The exact construction date of the mosque is unclear. However, since the date of death of Akhi Yunus, who had a lodge in Ezine, where we will visit his tomb soon, is seen as 1324 in records, the construction of Adurrahman Begh Mosque should be long before than that. However, since the mosque does not have an original inscription, only the repair inscription has survived, the exact date of construction is unknown.

Although some curtilages such as a madrasah and imaret were added to the mosque during the period of Orhan Ghazi (Dynasty: 1323 – 1362), unfortunately these have not reached to the present day. When the ancient manuscripts found in the archives of the ancient inhabitants of Ezine are examined, it is understood that many works were written in Ezine Grand Mosque Madrasah and many scholars were trained in time.

The Grand Mosque does not show a great feature in terms of architecture, however, since it was built before the Ottomans and is located at the very West part of Turkey, it is one of the oldest mosques survived to the present day in western Anatolia. It is the oldest mosque of Çanakkale that has survived to the present day.

The Grand Mosque does not show a great feature in terms of architecture, however, since it was built before the Ottomans and is located at the very West part of Turkey, it is one of the oldest mosques survived to the present day in western Anatolia. It is the oldest mosque of Çanakkale that has survived to the present day.

Half of the mosque’s minaret and its mihrab decorations have survived since the time it was first built. Other parts of the Grand Mosque, as understood from the repair inscription, has undergone a large-scale renovation during Sultan Mahmut II. Khan Period (Dynasty, 28 July 1808 – 1 July 1839). Finally, the Mosque was restored during the period of Sultan Abdulhamid II. Khan (Dynasty, August 31, 1876 – April 27, 1909). The Ulu Mosque, which has undergone several restorations in the 20th century, is now in its present form. Only the mosque remains from the Grand Mosque, but its complex was defeated by time.

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