Green Tomb

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Situated at the South of Green Mosque, the Green Tomb was built by Yildirim Bayezid’s son Celebi Mehmet in 824 in Hegira Calender/Islamic Calendar (1421). The architect of the tomb was Haci Ivaz Pasha. Being an octagonal building, the tomb is an expression of a characteristic style with its high hoop and pointy dome outside. The building consists of a ground floor where the sarcophaguses are and a basement that serves as a crypto which is covered by a cross volt.

The dome is sits on an eight-sided hoop/frame which has pointy-arched small windows on each side. Crossing to the dome is enabled by cincture that consists of series of prismatic triangles. Its mihrabs and shoe cabinets at the entrance facing north, stalactites on its doors, panels and sliced dome are decorated with glazed-tiles in various colors and motifs. The glazed-tiles are the most beautiful examples of embossing and enamel techniques.

Inside the tomb, is the sarcophagus of Celebi Mehmed which is decorated with glazed-tiles. It is placed on a marble base that has eight corners and covered by glazed-tiles and the sarcophagus adorned with a written border in colors of white, blue, yellow, navy (dark blue) glazed-tiles.

Niche of the mihrab is quiet high. It is similar to Green Mosque’s mihrab with its rumi palmette, curly twig motifs, bold sequence of writings and its cap stone (crest). A hexagonal turquoise glazed-tiles and the gold-glittered rosettes 3 meters high from the ground, forms the inside surface of the tomb. As pointed out in its inscription, the glazed-tiles of the tomb were made by Mecnun Mehmed.