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NIGDE      


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Aladdin Mosque (Centrum)


It is constructed on the Alaaddin Hill in the centrum of the province in 1233 by Ziynettin Besare, the Flag Officer (governor) of Nigde during the reign of Sultan Alaaddin Keykubad, the Ruler of the Great Seljuk Civilization. The mosque reflecting every details of the art of Seljuk embellishment is one of the first and the most interesting examples of its type in terms of architecture. The richest section of the mosque is its portal built upon the example of traditional Seljuk penthouse. The most important aspect of the portal overlooking the east direction is that sunrays form a “Head of a Crowned Woman” with shadows they form on stone dents in the portal at certain hours and minutes (at around 10.00-11.00 only in summer months) with certain angles. It is called “Crown Gate” because of this head of a woman with a crown and braids. According to a narrated myth, the builder of the mosque fell in love with the daughter of Flag Officer of Nigde, that is, with the princess, of that period. The builder knew that he would never get married to the princess. One day, the builder was ordered to build a mosque in the city by the Flag Officer. The builder was in search of an opportunity to express his love to the princess. He perfectly embroidered the face of the princess on the portal in a way meaning that his love would continue till eternity.


Hudavend Hatun Lodge (Central District)


The lodge in the centrum of the province Nigde is one of the scarcest works of Seljuk art. It was constructed by Hudavend Hatun, the daughter of Rukneddin Kilicaslan IV, the son of Giyaseddin Keyhusrev II.


Sungur Bey Mosque (Central District)


Sungur Bey Mosque was built in the centrum of the province by Seyfettin Sungur Bey, the governor of Nigde during the reign of Ilhanli Civilization in 1335. The original wooden embroider of the gate like a lacework in the north direction of the mosque which has two gates on the east and north directions and an altar is perfect.


Gumusler Monastery (Central District)


Rock Monastery, one of the best examples of Byzantium art of the 10th century is also one of the best-preserved works. There are frescos with fascinating colors that have been well-preserved inside the church.