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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #21
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Beside being a Mehmodi lord named Sar Suleyman (or ŞÍr SilÍman) and a subject of the Ottoman empire, I know little of him.

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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #22

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Azadi, is that Başkale Castle in Van?
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Old December 27th, 2012, 11:59 AM   #23

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So good, but my favourite is ottoman artitechture...
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Old December 28th, 2012, 12:45 PM   #24
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There is a good book called Cities and Saints written by Ethel Sara Wolper dealing with Seljuk, Beylik and Ilkhanid architecture in Amasya, Tokat and Sivas. Some of it is available on google books
Cities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval ... - Ethel Sara Wolper - Google Books

In a nutshell, it tells the story of the relations between buildings activities and social groups, like sufis, notables and rulers. The construction of dervish lodges and mosques were often associated with the need for prestige, political power and dominance over others groups like scholars, sufis and other people.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 03:43 AM   #25

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Recently I visited Ani which was the capital of an Armenian kingdom and then conquered by the Seljuks. Most of the ruins were of Armenian churches but there is also the first Seljuk mosque in Anatolia built in 1072 or 1073. It's called the MenŁÁer Camii.

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From a distance I thought it was a modern guard tower because Ani is directly on the border with Armenia, Armenia is just across the gorge, and with the modern roofing and the drab colored stone it sort of looked like a guard tower. It's not the most attractive of mosques but it is the first. I don't know if it's the first mosque in Anatolia because the Arabs might have built one beforehand, maybe the oldest surviving mosque.

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That's the inside of the mosque.

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Old January 13th, 2013, 12:01 PM   #26

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Seljuk architecture seems to be a mix of many different architectural styles including Armenian, Arabic, Byzantine, Greek, Iranian, etc. This is why its so beautiful.
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