Fethiye Mosque


  Fethiye Mosque-interiorThe most improtant Ottoman mosque of Naupaktos is situated close to the eastern jetty of the Venetian port. It was built right after the conquest of the city by Sultan Beyazid II Veli and his name “Fethiye Camii” means the “mosque of the Conquest”. In the sources it is also referred to as Βậyezid-I Velî Cậmii, named after the Sultan.
Fethiye Camii consists of a large square room (9,12 x 9,13μ.) which communicates to the north, via a row of three semi-circular arches, with a post-dated building of a trapezoidal shape, which replaced the mosque's initial porch. On the south wall there is a small mihrab, whereas to the northeast of the central room, visible from the outside, is preserved the square base of the minaret, which is no longer extant. On the southern side of the mosque there is a 'qubba' fountain of a square top-plan, contemporary to the initial building.
The large room is covered by a brick dome, which is externally supported by a low drum covered with plaster (kourasani). In the interior the drum is round and relies on the walls with the aid of four spherical triangles which alternate with four blind apses.
 Εxternal view of the mosque and the dome The north annexe, of a later date, is covered by a pitched, tiled roof. The entrance to the mosque is located at the centre of the north side, leading to present-day Phormionos street through a stone staircase. The initial construction of the portico was rectangular with a single, slant roof, which allowed the drum of the dome to be seen from afar. This transformation probably took place during the so-called Second Venetian Occupation, when the mosque was used as a salt-warehouse, as attested also by the traveler Ludwig Salvator in 1874.
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