Bergama’s Great (Yıldırım or Ulu) Mosque

The Great Mosque is the largest and most ancient mosque among the Ottoman structures reaching to the present day in Bergama. The mihrab (a semi-circular niche in the Wall of a mosque that indicates the kiblah) bearing the influence of the Seljuk art, has great and rich marble decoration. The construction inscription on the portal gate says that the mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Bayezid in 1398 to 1399. The handwriting on the stone şadırvan in its courtyard belongs to poet Aşkı Efendi of Bergama.