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Eşrefoglu Mosque (La Mosquée d'Esrefoglu ), Beyşehir1, Konya
   

Eşrefoğlu Mosque (1299) in Beyşehir: After the fall of the Seljuks, Viranşehir was re-named for a time as Süleymanşehir in honor of one of the Beys of the region's ruling dynasty, the Eşrefoğlu, who made the town into his capital. Since the Beys of Eşrefoğlu resided here, the present name of Beyşehir was gradually adopted for the town. The Great Mosque of Beyşehir built by the dynasty between 1296-1299, also called Eşrefoğlu Mosque, is considered one of the masterpieces of the intermediate period of Anatolian Turkish Beyliks between the Seljuk and Ottoman architecture styles.

The 708-year-old Eşrefoğlu Mosque is one of the best examples of wooden mosques in Turkey, built on wooden beams brought from Central Asia.

Built between 1297-1299, the Eşrefoğlu Mosque has three entrances, from the east, west and the north, and 33 windows. Its wooden structure is built on 48 columns, with 480 horizontally placed beams along the top. It is an important example of Turkish architecture from the time, even more so because its many unusual and distinctive features have been maintained without changing.

   
   

According to the Eşrefoğlu Mosque’s imam, İsmail Efe, if there were more done to promote the historical structure to the world, even more people would come than the crowds who already arrive daily, wanting to tour and admire the mosque.

For furter details click on Esrefoglu Camii (pps)

   
1Beyşehir

Beyşehir city seen from Lake Beyşehir Taş Köprü ("Stone Bridge") a historical regulator dam in Beyşehir

   

Beyşehir is a large town and district of Konya Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The town is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Beyşehir and is marked to the west and the southwest by the steep lines and forests of the Taurus Mountains, while a fertile plain, an extension of the lake area, extends in the southeastern direction. According to 2000 census, population of the district is 118,144 of which 41,312 live in the town of Beyşehir.

The Hittite monument situated in Beyşehir's depending locality of Eflatunpınar, at a short distance to the northeast from the town, proves that the Hittite Empire had reached as far as the region, marking in fact, in the light of present knowledge, the limits of their extension to the southwest. Evidence points out that an earlier settlement, perhaps dating back to the Neolithic Age, was also located in Eflatunpınar. Another important early settlement was located in Erbaba Höyük, situated 10 km (6 mi) to the southwest of Beyşehir, and which was explored by the Canadian archaeologists Jacques ve Louise Alpes Bordaz in the 1970s, leading to precious finds along four different settlement layers.

Beyşehir region corresponds to classical antiquity's Pisidia. At the location of the town itself, there was in all likelihood an ancient city, probably named Karallia, which was one of the two urban centers that surrounded the lake at the time. The same center would have been re-named in Byzantine times.

The ancient city's state of desolation in the first decades of the 13th century is suggested by the name "Viranşehir" that the Seljuk Turks had given to the town, meaning "the desolate city". The Seljuk Sultans of Rum based in Konya nevertheless built their summer residence nearby, in an agglomeration situated on the southwestern lake shore at a distance of 80 km (50 mi) from Beyşehir city, and which came to be known as Kubadabad Palace. While the most precious finds of Kubadabad site date from the reign of Alaeddin Keykubad (1220-1237), it was a seasonal settlement area chosen by and for the sultans already in the late 12th century.

After the fall of the Seljuks, Viranşehir was re-named for a time as Süleymanşehir in honor of one of the Beys of the region's ruling dynasty, the Eşrefoğlu, who made the town into his capital. Since the Beys of Eşrefoğlu resided here, the present name of Beyşehir was gradually adopted for the town. The Great Mosque of Beyşehir built by the dynasty between 1296-1299, also called Eşrefoğlu Mosque, is considered one of the masterpieces of the intermediate period of Anatolian Turkish Beyliks between the Seljuk and Ottoman architecture styles.
 

   

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