The beautiful mosques most Pamukkale tours skip. Look at these murals!

Chances are that if you’re visiting Turkey, you’re going to see Pamukkale. Chances are also that you will miss out on the beautiful mosques almost right next to Pamukkale because nobody will take you there unless you ask them to. And that’s a terrible shame because these wooden mosques are quite something! Inconspicuous on the outside, these are colorfully painted mosques on the inside. They are worth a stop and in the case of the one in Belenardıç, even the small detour. Check out the photos of these two beautiful mosques, one of which is still in use, and tell us you’re not impressed.? The good part is, we’ve added them to our Turkey travel map and the smaller map at the bottom of this page. So it won’t take a lot of effort to see them, just follow the directions using the coordinates.

Belenardıç Mosque Overview Towards The New Wall

Belenardıç Mosque Overview Towards The New Wall

The painted mosque of Akköy

Around Denizli, you’ll find quite a few villages that have modest looking mosques, until you go inside. These painted mosques are fascinating places to visit. Some of them are still in use; others aren’t, like the Yukarı Cami in Akköy, which is believed to have been built in the late 1800s. Or, better said, like the old Yukarı Cami in Akköy, because the newly constructed version is definitely in use, and far more prominent than the old one. In fact, if you didn’t know that the small building next to the current mosque was the old one, and if you hadn’t seen pictures from its interior, you would never think of going inside. Don’t make that mistake, as this mosque is a gem!

The Inconspicuous Exterior Of Akköy Yükarı Mosque

The Inconspicuous Exterior Of Akköy Yükarı Mosque

Now That's A Beautiful And Vibrant Door!

Now That’s A Beautiful And Vibrant Door!

Yukarı Cami in Akköy is built according to a rectangular plan and has a wooden ceiling with an incorporated dome. The structure with plastered adobe walls is supported by several wooden beams. As soon as you enter the mosque, you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of murals, and the fine details of the woodwork, which is completely decorated with flowers.

Overwhelmingly Beautiful Interior Of Akköy Yükarı Mosque

Overwhelmingly Beautiful Interior Of Akköy Yükarı Mosque

View From The Women's Prayer Hall At Akköy Yükarı Mosque

View From The Women’s Prayer Hall At Akköy Yükarı Mosque

One of the walls depicts a pair of scales. They symbolize the weighing of the soul if one dies. Depending on the result of the weighing, ones’ soul ends up in hell, which is represented by a cauldron filled with flames, or in heaven, reached by the steps surrounded by flowers. Next to the stairway to heaven is the image of Mecca and the Ka’aba.

Detail Of The Murals At Akköy Yükarı Mosque

Detail Of The Murals At Akköy Yükarı Mosque

The Dome At The Akköy Yükarı Mosque Is Only Visible From The Inside

The Dome At The Akköy Yükarı Mosque Is Only Visible From The Inside

Detail Of The Mihrab At Akköy Yükarı Mosque

Detail Of The Mihrab At Akköy Yükarı Mosque

The wooden mosque of Belenardıç

Wooden mosques are impressive buildings. They rarely look as if they are built out of wood from the outside, but once inside, it becomes obvious. The plastered walls of those mosques are built out of stone, the structure and supports are made out of wood, as is the carpet-covered floor. The Western wall of the mosque in Belenardıç was destroyed in an earthquake and has been restored, without the paintings. Just like the mosque in Akköy, the murals are everywhere.

Womens' Prayer Hall Above The Entrance Door At Belenardıç Mosque

Women’s Prayer Hall Above The Entrance Door At Belenardıç Mosque

Belenardıç View Towards Entrance Door

Belenardıç View Towards Entrance Door

The walls are covered in colorful ornaments in mostly green, black, and blue colors, zigzag motifs, and splashes of red. You’ll discover the same symbols as the ones you saw in Akköy in this mosque that dates back to 1884.

Detail Of A Wall Painting Inside Belenardıç Mosque

Detail Of A Wall Painting Inside Belenardıç Mosque

Details Of Murals At Belenardıç Mosque

Details Of Murals At Belenardıç Mosque

Things to know when visiting these beautiful mosques

These gems are off the beaten path, though the Yukarı Cami in Akköy lies along the road to Karahayıt, the colored travertines near Pamukkale. While it may be in urgent need of restoration, due to a leaking roof, it is still a gem! The best way to visit the mosques would be when your self-driving or by public transport from Denizli. Both villages have a direct dolmuş leaving from Denizli otogar. If you prefer the comfort of a guide, your best option is to go on a private tour with one of these experienced local guides for Pamukkale, who will happily tailor the trip to your needs and wishes.

Vivid Colors, Also On The Inside Of The Mosque

Vivid Colors, Also On The Inside Of The Mosque

The old Yukarı Cami in Akköy is no longer in use, so you’ll need to get the key from the imam at the new mosque, right next to it. Don’t worry, this is a small community, so when people notice you’re looking at the building, they’ll offer to come and help. Your best shot is to show up about half an hour before prayer time so that the imam is on site. If you’re visiting the mosque in Belenardıç on the other hand, you’ll have to make sure to go outside of prayer times, since this mosque is still in use. In this case, our advice would be to visit when the prayer is finished, since the mosque will definitely be accessible at that time. You’ll find current prayer times for the Denizli area using this link. Note that visiting a mosque requires you to take off your shoes before entering, to have your arms and legs covered in clothing (so no tops and shorts) and for women to wear a scarf that covers their hair.

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Don’t forget to check the prayer times before you visit! Also, make sure to take off your shoes, and to cover your arms, legs, and hair (for women).

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Take the opportunity to explore this interesting part of Turkey. Denizli is a typical Turkish city, while Pamukkale; Hierapolis, and Laodicea are spectacular sites. For something a little different, make a stop at Kaklık Cave, also known as underground Pamukkale. It’s not much more than a short road stop, but if you’re heading in that direction, it is a fascinating place to visit.

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You’ll find plenty of great options for hotels or pensions in Pamukkale on Booking.com. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

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Find the best flights to Turkey and to Denizli – Çardak airport here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Don’t forget to check the prayer times before you visit! Also, make sure to take off your shoes, and to cover your arms, legs, and hair (for women).

If you have any questions, you can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Take the opportunity to explore this interesting part of Turkey. Denizli is a typical Turkish city, while Pamukkale; Hierapolis, and Laodicea are spectacular sites. For something a little different, make a stop at Kaklık Cave, also known as underground Pamukkale. It’s not much more than a short road stop, but if you’re heading in that direction, it is a fascinating place to visit.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You’ll find plenty of great options for hotels or pensions in Pamukkale on Booking.com. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Find the best flights to Turkey and to Denizli – Çardak airport here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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