Bayezid Mosque

The Bayezid Mosque also known as Çelebi Sultan Mehmed Mosque, was built under the orders of Sultan Mehmed I, son of Sultan Bayezid I, and it was completed and inaugurated in March 1420.

According to an inscription over a side entrance the architect was Ivaz ibn Bayezid, the builder was Dogan ibn Abdullah and the local qadi who supervised the construction was Seyiid Ali.

The mosque was built with cast stone technique and faced with limestone ashlar blocks and it’ s external walls are about 2.50m thick.

The main entrance is on the south side and secondary doors are on the eastern and western sides. The minaret is on the southeast side and it initially had a terrace.

In 1913 the Othomans built a second terrace even higher that the first one and rebuilt the minaret which had collapsed.

The original roof made of oak wood, in the shape of a four-sided pyramid, survives to this day.

It is considered to be one of the most important wooden monuments of the world.

It is also unique due to the mihrab is which is decorated with a fresco depicting a heavenly city above it.

The Bayezid Mosque is considered one of the most significant Islamic monuments in Europe and is the largest in the Balkans (almost a thousand m2). It is located in the central square of Didymoteicho and has been listed as a protected monument since 1946.

In 1970 after extreme weather conditions part of the majestic minaret (22 meters high) collapsed. The Ministry of Culture in 1998-9 ordered the covering of the roof with plastic to protect the monument from rain. In 2008 further parts of the minaret collapsed and teared the protective plastic.

The Mosque is now under restoration work which is funded by national sources as well as EU funding and is expected to be open for visitors as a Museum in 2015.