Originally composed of a mosque, a medrese, a dar-ul kurra, primary school,
kervansaray, refectory, arasta (a row or street of specialised shops) and double
hamam, it carries the characteristics of both a stopover and a city complex.
The kervansaray and refectory have not survived. The extra prayer dome and the
arasta are situated in the prolongation of the mosque, creating a splendid
effect. The whole composition is developed on the axis of the Kiblah, enhancing
the sense of the direction toward Mecca.
Above text and pictures are from the book titled "Turkish Art and Architecture in Anatolia and Mimar Sinan".
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