GREAT MOSQUE AND HOSPITAL OF DIVRIGI

GREAT MOSQUE AND HOSPITAL OF DIVRIGI

Located on the slopes below the castle of Divriği, Sivas Province in central eastern Turkey, the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985, is a remarkable building combining a monumental hypostyle mosque with a two storey hospital, which includes a tomb.

The earliest settlement in Divriği and its environs goes back to the Hittite Period. In 1228-1229 Ahmet Shah and his wife Turan Melek founded a mosque, with its adjoining hospital, at Divriği during the Mengücekoğullari Period. The mosque has a single prayer room and is crowned by two cupolas. The highly sophisticated technique of vault construction and a creative, exuberant type of decorative sculpture - particularly on the three doorways, in contrast to the unadorned walls of the interior - are the unique features of this masterpiece of Islamic architecture.

 

Source of Image: Ministry of Culture and Tourism and UNESCO