İn this trek we visited Ataşehir neighborhood, a modern residencial area in the Asian side of Istanbul. There you can find a copy of the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne that is believed to be the Masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, the great Archictect from the Ottoman Empire. The original building enter the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2011.
The place can be reached from the european side by ferry to Üsküdar or Kadiköy iskelesi and from there by dolmus of bus to Ataşehir. This trek lasted two hours and the interesting part of it was to see how the mosque kept the outside structure like the original mosque and how the interior differs by its modern decoration.
This copy of the Selimiye mosque varies a small proportion of 5 percent. İn 2012 the mosque was opened for worship on the first day of Ramadan. The Ataşehir project was criticized by people in İstanbul since they belive it to be an imitation of a masterpiece with a populist approach from government and a waist of money. According to some sources 550 million TL was spent for the mosque.
The construction is sorrounded by green area with a city park with the characteristics of Turkish-Islamic garden.
Main door entrance.
The project centrally planned, designed as a half-dome of six fours. Reflecting the characteristics of Ottoman architecture in the project in general terms. The main dome 27 meters in diameter and 42 meters in height.
The door to paradise.
Domes and Chandeliers.
Stained glass window.
Windows to the patio.
The trek was interesting but is not an absolutley most one. I have to say I dislike copies and I believe you have to see the real thing but I would only recomend this visit if you also would like to see the modern neighborhood of Ataşehir with skycrappers and the Fenerbaçe sport center. The area also has a big shopping center where you can find very good restaurants too.