In the city of
Kirklareli, the oldest mosque is the Hizirbey Mosque, built in
1383. The mosque complex includes a bazaar.
The Sokollu Mosque in
Luleburgaz, on the Edirne - Istanbul road, is an exquisite work of the famous
architect Sinan that dates from 1570.
The neighboring town of Babaeski
boasts a Sinan building in the Cedid Ali Pasa Mosque.
One of the most beautiful sites
to see in Kastamonu is the Mahmut Bey Mosque.
Interior of Mahmut Bey Mosque, Kastamonu
Inland, between Ankara and
Istanbul, is Bolu, an important provincial center with an impressive 14th
- century Ulu Mosque.
During a visit to Safranbolu, one
can visit the Izzet Pasa Mosque and library (18th Century), and the
Koprulu Mosque which dates from 17th century. Also worth-seeing are the
Dagdelen Mosque (18th Century) and Kacak Lutfiye Mosque (19th Century).
On a rocky promontory rise the
ramparts of a Byzantine citadel, inside of which is an old church, now the
Kastamonu hosts beautiful 13th
century Atabey Mosque and the 14th century Ibni Neccar Mosque.
Turning Island, the road takes
you to Bafra, a town famous for its tobacco, caviar and thermal springs hosts
15th century Mosque - Medrese complex.
The 14th century Pazar Mosque
and the 19th century Buyuk Mosque reflect two different Turkish
architectural styles and are interesting to compare.
Carsamba is the location of the
beautiful wooden Gokceli Mosque, built in 1176 without using any metal
In Trabzon, several churches were
converted to mosques, two becoming the Fatih Mosque and the Yeni Cuma Mosque.
The Ottoman Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, a typical provincial style building,
is set in a lovely tea garden.
Bayburt hosts a beautiful 18th
century monument, called Ulu Mosque which decorates the center of the
If you decide to take a tour of
Black Sea and you get to stop in Rize, be sure to see the typical regional
architecture in 16th Century Islam Pasha Mosque.