In an Ottoman mosque in Istanbul … endless wonders

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Istanbul / Omar Shaqleh / Anatolia

Do not get dirty by birds that land on its domes and lighthouses
– Sea water that strikes its foundations causes the mosque to be ventilated without the need for electrical appliances
Designed by Architect “Sinan”
It is located on the coast of Uskudar, in the center of IstanbulIstanbul contains great secrets that minds cannot understand to this day, including the Ottoman “Shamsi Ahmad Pasha” mosque, which, thanks to its design and location, is not dirty by the birds that land on its domes and lighthouses.

The mosque is located on the coast of “Uskudar”, the center of Istanbul’s historical city, designed by the famous Turkish architect Sinan in 1580 by order of Ahmed Pasha, who served as the chief minister for a short period during the Ottoman rule.

Since the mosque is located at a point where the Bosphorus strait meets the Sea of ​​Marmara, where the winds collide with each other, birds in particular cannot stand on it, just as any living thing like animals, and this is why the mosque does not get dirty and its dome and lighthouse remain clean without the need for cleaning workers.

The mosque contains strange and only ventilation outlets in Turkey, as the sea water by extending it and its islands enter from the bottom of the mosque to hit the middle of the building and this results in a ventilation process without the need for electrical devices.

The mosque’s windows and its only dome contain written inscriptions that are the only ones of its kind. The mosque has a separate entrance for women, which is designed for him a bell through which the door opens.

Adjacent to the left side of the mosque is the tomb of the Grand Vizier Semsi Ahmed Pasha, which overlooks the coast directly, and inside it is a school that was used to teach Islamic religion during the Ottoman rule.

Despite this, it is well known that the Ottomans were very interested in animals, as the engineers of the Ottoman Empire gave great attention to the birds. They were designing different forms of bird nests built in the walls of the Ottoman houses at the time, to paint a beautiful painting that forms the highest meanings of humanity and beauty.

What attracts attention is the houses of birds or nests that were built using bricks and stones during the Ottoman era after the sixteenth century AD, and it is one of the elements of the architectural culture in the ancient Ottoman civilization, where stone nests were built on the outskirts of mosques, schools, khans and houses according to the direction of the wind so that Homes are safe for birds other than this collector.

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