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Interior of Selimiye Camii:

In this mosque, master architect Mimar Sinan employed an octagonal supporting system that is created through eight pillars or columns incised in a square shell of walls. The most attractive part of Selimiye Mosque is its amazing dome with 43,25m height and 31,25m diameter. This huge dome weighing 2000 tons and which was considered as impossibility, stands on huge columns named “Fil Ayağı” which are joined by each other through arches with 6m width. This dome comparable to the one at Hagia Sophia, but bigger, was the dome with the largest diameter in the world for several centuries.

The dome, which hangs high over main hall, encloses a huge space which gives the place an expansive atmosphere. You can see roughly a quarter of the dome at the top right of the picture, with designs and calligraphy. The four semi domes at the corners of the square behind the arches that spring from the pillars, are massive intermediary sections and supports between the huge encompassing dome with spherical profile and the walls. You will notice one of the half domes in the middle of the frame.

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