Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret)
Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret) Review
Dark blue and turquoise tiles decorate the Yivli Minare, a graceful 13th-century cylinder erected by the Seljuk sultan Alaaddin Keykubat I. The adjoining mosque, named for the sultan, was built on the site of a Byzantine church. Within the complex are two attractive türbes (tombs) and an 18th-century tekke (monastery), which once housed a community of whirling dervishes. The monastery is now used as an unremarkable art gallery. The Nigar Hatun Türbe (Tomb of Lady Nigar), next to the monastery, is a 15th-century copy built in Seljuk style. The medrese (theological school) adjacent to the Fluted Minaret has now been glassed in under a bus-station-style roof and is a tourist-oriented shopping center. It sells standard Turkish fare (think pottery, copperwork, carpets, and tiles) but prices are better than at most other resorts along the coast.
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