Sefershah Bathhouse

Yildirim Bayezid period one of the oldest standing baths

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Sefer Shah’s bath is located just behind the mosque to the north of the mosque. It attracts attention with its large domes in the middle of the town. The building is an excellent architectural work from the early Ottoman architecture. The bathhouse was built in the form of a double bathhouse both for men and women. The building, which was used as a bathhouse until very recently, is now operated as a café. There are two reasons for the small size of the Sefer Shah Mosque while the size of the bathhouse is large. In old times the Friday Prayer was performed in a central mosque. For this reason, the largest mosque in a town would be the Friday mosque. Depending on the population growth and need, when a new mosque was needed to perform daily prayers, it was customary to make the newly built mosque smaller, respecting the Friday mosque. Therefore, with the population increase in Ezine, Sefer Shah Mosque must have been needed in the 14th Century. However, since there was no such situation for the bathhouse and a large bathhouse was needed to serve the increased population, the Sefer Shah Bathhouse was designed and built in a very large way. Zeytinli Mosque, which ou will see when you look across the bridge near the bathhouse, is also a Friday Mosque, and there for was largely built. When the city enlarged and split in half with stream and river, another Friday Mosque was built at the other side of the water in order for those going to Friday prayer not to have difficulty.

The fact that Sefer Shah Bathhouse is a double bathhouse indicates an increasing commercial activity in the bazaar-market in Ezine in the 14th century. Only the mosque and the bathhouse are left of the complex built by Sefer Shah for Ezine. The curtilages such as the Madrasah, Ashhane (Food Bank) and Darulkurra (Quran recitation room) have not reached to the present day. Considering the area occupied by the Sefer Shah Complex, it is understood that there has been a great development in Ezine in terms of trade, culture and science since the 14th century. Now we are going to Akhi Yunus Tomb from here..

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Sefershah Bathhouse
Yildirim Bayezid period one of the oldest standing baths

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The Ottoman Mosque at the period of Suleiman the Magnificent

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