Ayazma Camiisi (Ayazma Mosque)

The Ayazma Mosque, located in Üsküdar, was built by Mustafa III between the years 1760-1761. It takes its name from the Ayazma Palace, which already stood in the area at the time of the mosque’s construction.

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Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mah. Mehmet Paşa Değirmeni Sok. No:10, Üsküdar

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The Ayazma Mosque, located in Üsküdar, was built by Mustafa III between 1760-1761. It takes its name from the Ayazma Palace, which stood in the area at the time of the mosque’s construction. The mosque stands at the top of a hill and commands an excellent view of Istanbul. It has undergone numerous repairs over the years and has incorporated a number of Western influences in the process.

Inside the mosque’s wide courtyard there is a fountain and graveyard built at the same time as the mosque itself.

Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. It comes from the Arabic word 'masjid' which literally means "a place for prostration". Mosques are also places where Muslims come together for different purposes such as education, social gatherings, public meetings, exhibitions, lectures etc. Although there is no specific requirement for mosques in terms of their architecture, one can see some common features inside and outside of many mosques such as minarets, domes, ablution areas, prayer niche (mihrab), pulpit (minbar) and so on.

Muslims are obliged to perform the ritual worship 5 times a day. They are not required to attend a mosque for each of these prayers however in order to interact with the community they are encouraged to pray in congregation. Friday noon is the only time in a week when Muslims must definitely join the congregational prayer in a mosque after which they can continue their work, education or other commitments.

Azan or the call for prayer is a vocal announcement that one can hear from minarets 5 times a day. The call to prayer is made live -even early in the morning- by a person called 'muazzin'. The muazzins are usually chosen from people with loud and beautiful voices and trained over years to make this announcement beautifully and invite people to worship.
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