Monday, January 15, 2018

SOFA MOSQUE

Sultanahmet, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'48.3"N 28°59'07.9"E / 41.013417, 28.985528

Topkapı Palace Museum / Fourth Courtyard



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The Terrace Mosque, also called Sofa Mosque (Sofa Camii), was constructed under Sultan Mahmud II in the Empire style for the use of the corps called Sofa Ocaği in the 19th century. The Kiosk of the Swordbearer (Silahdar Köşkü) used to stand in its place. The inscription at the gate of the mosque indicated that it was restored under Sultan Abdülmecid I in 1858.

The Tent Kiosk and the Kiosk of the Swordbearer (Silahdarağa Köşkü) succeeded one another on the site where originally Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror had the Third Place Pavilion built at the time when the Topkapı Palace was first established. Sources mention that the original Sofa Mosque (Sofa Camii) was first erected along with the foundation of the corps called Sofa Ocağı during the period of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.

Sultan Mahmut II had the Kiosk of the Swordbearer torn down in 1809 because of it being the place where the dethroning plot of Sultan Selim II had been planned, and had the Sofa Mescit (small mosque) built in its place.

In 1859, in parallel to the construction of the Mecidiye Pavilion and Wardrobe Chamber, Sultan Abdülmecit had the mescit demolished and built the present Terrace (Sofa) Mosque. From its epigraph written by Safvet, we understand that the mosque was built for the Treasury Superintendence and Treasury Ward officials to perform their prayers.

Sofalılar Ocağı, the Order of the Terrace Keepers, after which the mosque was named was an old palace organization. Their wards were located below the Tent Pavilion. The Terrace Keepers can be considered as part of the Palace Guards; they served as the guardians of the Fourth and Fifth places, and took care of the cleaning of the Chamber of the Holy Mantle.

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WEB SITE : Topkapı Palace Museum Directorate

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E-Mail : topkapisarayimuzesi@kultur.gov.tr
Phone : +90 212 512 0480
Fax : +90 212 526 9840

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WARDROBE CHAMBER (ESVAP ODASI)

Sultanahmet, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'48.7"N 28°59'07.3"E / 41.013528, 28.985361

Topkapı Palace Museum / Fourth Courtyard



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The small building next to the kiosk is the Wardrobe Chamber (Esvap Odası) that was built during the same period. The Wardrobe Chamber held the ceremonial clothes and jewels of the Sultans. The Wardrobe Chamber situated near the Mecidiye Pavilion is the only building bearing that name known to us today at the Topkapı Palace.

Wardrobe Chambers where the clothes and jewels of Sultans were kept existed in the Palace ever since the time of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. The task of appropriate conservation of the imperial wearing apparel was assumed in the early period by the Dülbent Ağası (Muslin Master). In later periods, the function was fulfilled by the Esvabcıbaşı (Head of the Garments’ Custodians) and his crew.

LOCATION SATELLITE MAP



WEB SITE : Topkapı Palace Museum Directorate

MORE INFO & CONTACT
E-Mail : topkapisarayimuzesi@kultur.gov.tr
Phone : +90 212 512 0480
Fax : +90 212 526 9840

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STONE THRONE

Sultanahmet, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'49.6"N 28°59'05.9"E / 41.013793, 28.984965

Topkapı Palace Museum / Fourth Courtyard



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A stone throne (Taş Taht) was made for Sultan Murad IV to watch the sports activities of pages. The inscription on the throne states that in 1636 Sultan Murad IV, who was an accomplished sportsman himself, threw an oak cudgel 120 meters.

LOCATION SATELLITE MAP



WEB SITE : Topkapı Palace Museum Directorate

MORE INFO & CONTACT
E-Mail : topkapisarayimuzesi@kultur.gov.tr
Phone : +90 212 512 0480
Fax : +90 212 526 9840

These scripts and photographs are registered under © Copyright 2018, respected writers and photographers from the internet. All Rights Reserved.