Amasya is a historical place that has importance in the story of the Ottoman empire as well. There are various historical places as well as religious places that tourists love to visit.
Most of the religious places in Amasya are related to Muslims. Here are the top 3 religious sites in Amasya:
Sultan II. Beyazit Mosque & Theological College
Sultan II. Beyazit Mosque and Theological College (also known as Beyazit II Külliyesi) is a historic complex located in Amasya, Turkey. It was built in the 15th century during the Ottoman era and is named after Sultan Bayezid II, who commissioned the construction of the complex.
The complex is composed of several buildings, including a mosque, a theological college, a soup kitchen, a hospital, a library, and a public bath. It was designed to serve as a center of learning and worship, and it played an important role in the cultural and intellectual life of the Ottoman Empire.
The mosque is one of the most impressive examples of Ottoman architecture in Turkey. It has a large central dome and four minarets, and it is decorated with intricate tile work and calligraphy. The theological college, or madrasa, was a center of Islamic learning and scholarship, and it attracted students from all over the Ottoman Empire.
The soup kitchen, or imaret, provided free meals to the poor, while the hospital offered medical care to the sick and injured. The library housed a collection of Islamic manuscripts and was a center of learning and research.
Today, the Sultan II. Beyazit Mosque and Theological College is a popular tourist attraction, and visitors can explore the complex and learn about the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire. It is also still an active mosque, and visitors are welcome to observe the daily prayers.
Bürümalı Minaret is a historic minaret located in the city center of Amasya, Turkey. It is known for its unique design and is considered to be one of the most important examples of Seljuk architecture in Turkey.
The minaret was built in the 13th century during the Seljuk period and is located next to the Burmalı Mosque. It is made of brick and stone and stands 35 meters tall. The most striking feature of the minaret is its spiral staircase, which winds around the exterior of the tower and is decorated with intricate carvings and reliefs.
The Burmali Minaret was once part of a larger complex that included a mosque, madrasa, and soup kitchen. Today, only the minaret and a few fragments of the mosque remain, but they are still an important example of Seljuk architecture and a popular tourist attraction.
The minaret is also known for its unique acoustic properties. The spiral staircase creates a natural echo, which amplifies even the slightest sounds. This effect was used by the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer and is still demonstrated by tour guides today.
Mehmet Pasa Camii
Mehmet Paşa Mosque, also known as Şeyhülislam Mehmet Paşa Mosque, is a historic mosque located in the city center of Amasya, Turkey.
The last grand vizier Sokullu Mehmet Pasa and the son-in-law of Sulayman the Magnificent was the one who gave the mosque its name and also commissioned its construction.
Later on, it was his expertise in the military that prevented the Ottoman Empire from suffering the most severe consequences of the tyrannical rule of Selim the Sot.
One of the later buildings that the Ottoman Imperial architect Mimar Sinan designed, this one was finished in 1571 or 1572 CE and was named after him.
The complex of the mosque is built on a slope that is quite steep. Sinan was able to solve this issue by increasing the height of the portion of the complex that is in front of the mosque to two stories.
The ground level was once home to a variety of shops, and the upper level was the location of a madrassa and a courtyard that are both still extant today.
The rooms of the madrassa, which are currently being used as classrooms for teaching boys the Quran, surround the expansive mosque courtyard on three sides.
The ablution fountain, which has twelve sides and is topped by a dome in the shape of an onion, is located in the middle of the courtyard. The mosque’s only minaret can be found in the northeastern part of the building.
The inner part of the Sokollu Pasa mosque is characterized by the height of its dome as well as the magnificent display of Iznik tiles that are located on the mosque’s east wall. These are from the most illustrious period in the history of Turkish ceramics; the green is bright, the white is pristine, and the red is powerful.
The designs and colors are repeated around the mosque and the mimbar in the conical cap, the tiling of which is unique to Istanbul. The calligraphic inscriptions are set against a jungle of enormous carnations and tulips.
Even though the stained-glass windows are reproductions, there are some of extremely delicate original paintworks that can be seen in the north corner below the gallery and above the entrance. There are more than ninety windows located within the structure.
It is said that four pieces of the Hajar al-Aswad can be found embedded in various locations throughout the mosque. These are fragments of the Black Stone that are fastened to the Ka’bah in Makkah, which is considered to be the holiest site in Islam.
Rashid Nawaz is a professional blogger and a News report. He works for SMH News Agency in Jhang and he is a news reporter on Dunya Urdu as well.