This magnificant Baroque and Rococo mosque is one of the finest religious buildings ever constructed.
It is designed in a style that was extremely popular in the Ottoman Empire of the 1700s, and was ordered by the Sultan Mahmud I in 1748. Unfortunately for him, it was only completed in the reign of Sultan Osman III in 1755, and is probably the most significant achievement of that particular sultan. The name of the mosque, "Light of Osman" commemorates his efforts in financing this superb, light, airy buliding with its many windows.
By most standards (even those of an 18th Century absolute monarch) Osman was a little odd. He was notably intolerant towards non-Muslims and generally regarded as a bit insignificant before he took the throne. He had lived much of his life within the palace as a prisoner. He loathed music, and banished every musician from his court. He also found the company of women extremely distasteful, having been imprisoned within the harem section of the palace. When he became Sultan he took to wearing iron shoes so that his approach would always be audible. Any women in the vicinity were expected to hear him coming, and then find somewhere to hide while he passed by. He was succeeded by Mustafa II, a better fellow and ruler by far.
- Level 4
- 8 Turns to Build
- 10000 Coin