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Juma-Jami Mosque, Crimea

External view of the Juma-Jami Mosque
External view of the Juma-Jami Mosque - Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Also known as the ‘Friday Mosque’ or ‘Khan’s Mosque’, the Juma-Jami Mosque was built between 1552-1564 and is located in Yevpatoria in Crimea. a territory of Ukraine occupied by Russia. This area was ruled by the Muslim Crimean Khanate between the 15th and 18th century. 

  • It was commissioned by the Crimean Khan Devlet I Giray in 1552. A year into his reign, Khan commissioned the Ottoman Empires Chief Architect Mimar Sinan (1489-1588) to build the Juma-Jami Mosque. Sinan’s architectural achievements include the Suleymaniye Mosque and over 300 beautiful buildings in Istanbul and other cities. 
  • At the time of the construction of the mosque, Mimar Sinan was busy with the construction of the Suleymaniye Mosque (1550-1557).
Entrance to the mosque
Entrance to the mosque – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Juma-Jami Mosque had been converted to a Museum of Religions’ History and Atheism during the Soviet period. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, Juma-Jami once again became a functioning mosque.
  • Two of its minarets  collapsed in the 17th century; these were restored in the 1970s during the Soviet times.
Inside the Juma-Jami Mosque
Inside the Juma-Jami Mosque – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Video about Mimar Sinan, the architect of the Jami-Juma Mosque and many other Ottoman mosques:


Reference: Hikma History, Wikipedia