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Ulu Mosque (Sultan Mosque-Central District)


It is publicly called “Ulu Mosque” but it takes places in old archives as “Sultan Mosque”. Ulu Mosque was built by Melik Mehmet Gazi, the third ruler of Danismentliler Tribe, who made Kayseri as the capital city of the state between 1134 and 1143. It was repaired by Yagibasanoglu Muzaffereddin Mahmud in 1205 during the reign of Giyaseddin Keyhusrev I, the ruler of the Seljuk Civilization.


Guluk Mosque (Central District)


This construction including a mosque and a theological school belonging to Danismentliler Tribe was built by “Atsiz Elti Hatun”, the daughter of Muzaffereddin Mahmud, in 1211. The altar embellished with very beautiful ceramic mosaics survives as one of the masterpieces of Seljuk ceramic art.


Lale Mosque (Central District)


The mosque constructed by Lala Musluhiddin Pasha dates back to the period of the Seljuks. The Ayetel Kursi written on the wooden pulpit in Seljuk style maintains its originality. There is a lodge on the eastern direction of the mosque whose minaret was constructed later and there is a bath on the northern direction.


Hunat Mosque and Complex (Central District)


The mosque is a part of the complex constructed by Mahperi Hatun, the wife of Alaeddin Keykubad I-the Seljuk Sultan in 1238. The dome in the middle of the construction and its minaret was built later on. The crown gates on the east and west are one of the best examples of Seljuk stone working. Wooden pulpit is original. It takes attraction with its solid cut stone working and walls reminding of a castle.


Haci Kilic Mosque and Theological School (Central District)


The theological school and mosque on the Istasyon Street was constructed during the reign of Izzeddin Keykavus, the son of Giyaseddin Keyhusrev II, in 1249-1250. The buildings adjacent to each other have same entrances and the left side is the mosque and the right side is theological school.


Kursunlu Mosque (Central District)


The mosque constructed by Haci Ahmet Pasha is one of the works of Architect Sinan and it was built in 1585 according to its marble and in the style of classical Ottoman architecture. Its marble working, altar, pulpit and platform are original.


Doner Cupola (Central District)


This cupola built for Princess Shah Cihan Hatun is an interesting work with features peculiar to itself. It is one of the best examples of Seljuk works in Kayseri. Geometrical shapes, mythical creatures were engraved as relief works on each facade of the polygon cupola.


Kutlug Hatun Lodge (Centrum)


It is on the east of Hunat Mosque. This cupola built by the order of Shah Kutlug Hatun in 1349 is the masterpiece in its kinds in Kayseri with its great and adorned crown gate. Moreover, Mahperi Hatun Lodge (Centrum), Sircali Cupola (Centrum) and Cifte Cupola (Centrum) are also among works that should be seen.


Soganli Valley Churches


Soganli Valley is in the borders of the town Yesilhisar and 40 km southeast of Urgup. It has been continuously settled in the valley composed of two parts since Roman Period. The Romans used rock cones situated on the slopes of the valley as a graveyard and the Byzantium used them as a church. There are rock churches and caves around 50 in the area. Karabas, Gok, Tokali, Karanlik, Yilanli, Kubbeli, Balikli, Geyikli and Saint Barbara Churches can be considered among them.