Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

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Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi

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Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi

About the site

Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Turkey, Divrigi, Sivas
Type: Islamic religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme: Islamic Culture
World Heritage: Cultural Heritage
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This region of Anatolia was conquered by the Turks at the beginning of the 11th century. In 1228–29 Emir Ahmet Shah founded a mosque, with its adjoining hospital, at Divrigi. The mosque has a single prayer room and is crowned by two cupolas. The highly sophisticated technique of vault construction, and a creative, exuberant type of decorative sculpture – particularly on the three doorways, in contrast to the unadorned walls of the interior – are the unique features of this masterpiece of Islamic architecture.


Read more about Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi at the Unesco World Heritage List.