Murad II

Style and period associated with the reign of Murad II, son of Mehmed I. He ruled from 1421 to 1444, when he abdicated but returned to the throne to rule from 1446 to 1451. The most significant architectural accomplishment of his reign was the construction of the huge 'Three-balconied Mosque,' begun in 1438 and was so named for its novelty of having a triple balconied minaret.

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Murad II
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Refers to the style and period associated with the reign of Murad II, son of Mehmed I. He ruled from 1421 to 1444, when he abdicated but returned to the throne to rule from 1446 to 1451. The most significant architectural accomplishment of his reign was the construction of the huge 'Three-balconied Mosque,' begun in 1438 and was so named for its novelty of having a triple balconied minaret. The building was unprecedented in its use of patterns of chequer-work, lozenges, and twisting stripes of reddish-pink stone, grand courtyard and very tall minarets. Murad II was the last sultan to be buried in the city of Bursa, but the site he chose was more remote, and the resulting complex of buildings and royal burial grounds are low-lying and simple in nature than previous works. Also of note is the accompanying garden with it's complicated assortment of cedar and plane trees, oleander and rose bushes.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300021655. The J. Paul Getty Trust.