Ottoman Mosque of Shah-za-deh Djamesi (Sehzade), Constantinople.

The Şehzade Mosque (Turkish Şehzade Camii, from Persian شاهزاده Šāhzādeh, Eng. Prince) is a 16th-century Ottoman mosque in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It was built by order of Suleyman I in memory of his son Mehmed, who died in 1543.

Thomas Allom, Sehzade, Mosque, Constantinople,
Mosque of Shahzadeh Djamesi


by Thomas Allom.

This mosque was erected on the following occasion. The fame of Suleiman the Magnificent was stained by the murder of two of his sons, Mustapha and Selim, by his own orders. When in an interval of peace, he directed his attention to beautify the city, and erected the splendid edifice which bears his name: he also ordered one to be built in 1544, to the memory of his murdered son Mustapha, and as a mausoleum for his remains. Thence it was named Shah-za-deh Djamesi, “the mosque of the king’s son.”

The area of this mosque, like that of many others, is open to the public, and a mart, where fruit and various articles are sold. Our illustration represents a scene among the groups of persons, of frequent occurrence-a Turkish functionary flogging a Greek fruiterer for false weights, while the rest look on and enjoy the chastisement he is receiving.

Thomas Allom, Shahzadeh Djamesi, Mosque, Constantinople,
Mosque of Shahzadeh Djamesi

Source: Constantinople and the scenery of the seven churches of Asia Minor illustrated. In a Series of drawings from nature by Thomas Allom (1804-1872). With an historical account of Constantinople, and descriptions of the plates by the Rev. Robert Walsh LL.D. (1772-1852). Fisher, Son, & Co, 1839. Newgate St., London; & Quai de L’Ecole, Paris.

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