Ahi Çelebi Mosque
Ahi Çelebi Mosque
Ahi Çelebi Mosque located on Ragıp Gümüşpala Street in Eminönü district, one of the most populous districts of Istanbul, is positioned just behind Istanbul Ticaret University on Yoğurtçular Street. The mosque, which Ahi Çelebi had Mimar Sinan construct it in 1480, has survived to the present day because it has been repaired and restored, although it has been damaged by earthquakes and fires many times.
Ahi Çelebi Mosque, which stands out with the fact that it is the mosque where the world famous Evliya Çelebi had the dream the in which "Travel Rasulullah" was whispered to him instead of "Intercession Rasulullah", has a stony brick structure and a flat and ostentatious dome. Ahi Çelebi Mosque, one of the oldest Ottoman mosques in Istanbul, is also of great importance in terms of Istanbul's cultural heritage.
The Ahi Çelebi Mosque, where the last restoration took place in 1990, was built at the request of Ahi Çelebi, who is also known as Mahmud or Ahmed in some historical sources. The father of the Turkish physician Ahi Çelebi, who served as a doctor twice during the periods of Yavuz Selim and the Second Beyazıt, was Mevlâna Kemal of Tabriz, who was considered as one of the most famous physicians of the period of Fatih Sultan Mehmet.
The architectural plan of Ahi Çelebi Mosque, the minaret of which was completely renewed during the restoration process, is rectangular. The dome carried by the four pointed arches made of brick and the engravings inside have special details that you will want to examine for minutes. In addition to the roof and dome parts, which are completely covered with lead, the the four main arches carrying the dome decorated with white and red stones add a great atmosphere to the building. The pulpit with eye-catching carvings and the windows with round arches are among the distinguishing characteristics of Ahi Çelebi Mosque.