Boğaziçi mosque: an explosion of color & a touch of ostrich eggs

Sometimes all it takes to make you want to visit a specific town or village is one single building. That might be the case if Boğaziçi, a village in Denizli, and its old Boğaziçi Mosque pop up on your radar. This village with little over 500 inhabitants isn’t a tourism hotspot, far from it. This is the Turkish countryside, except that, in 2019, the old village mosque was restored. The dilapidated old Boğaziçi Mosque stood next to the new one and was no longer in use. While this may not be unusual, in the case of the old Boğaziçi Kasabası Mosque, it was unfortunate.

This wasn’t just another old mosque, but one of the few still standing painted mosques around Denizli. Each of them is totally unique and worth preserving and restoring. In 2019, the restoration works on the old Boğaziçi Mosque were completed, and the building is ready to welcome praying and other visitors again. Is this mosque worth the detour? In a word, yes! You’ll see why in this article.

Click here to check out our post on two other painted mosques, near Pamukkale in Denizli

Every Decoration Element At Boğaziçi Mosque Is Totally Unique

Every Decoration Element At Boğaziçi Mosque Is Totally Unique

Boğaziçi Mosque: a 1772′ building with 1877′ murals

There is no absolute certainty about when the Boğaziçi Mosque was built. Still, the consensus is that the date above the entrance door indicates the construction of the building in 1772. Another date-mark, referring to the year 1877, probably refers to the period when the magnificent murals were added. Regardless of when this mosque was built, it is an exquisite example of the craftsmanship of the wood masters and painting artists. Everywhere you look, your eyes meet an explosion of color and shapes. Every single element of the hexagonal lath-covered ceiling is painted, and the result is of an almost agonizing beauty.

Do you like this type of expertly restored painted mosques? Then click here to take a tour around Yazır Köyü’s Çarşı Mosque.

Welcome To Boğaziçi Mosque

Welcome To Boğaziçi Mosque

What A Mosque, What A Beautiful Restoration!

Boğaziçi Mosque: What A Mosque, What A Beautiful Restoration!

If This Ceiling Doesn't Deserve The Label Mindblowing, What Does?

If This Ceiling At Boğaziçi Mosque Doesn’t Deserve The Label Mindblowing, What Does?

As soon as you enter the Boğaziçi Mosque, you’re faced with a dilemma, as you will have difficulties deciding where to look first. This place is a visual frenzy. The rather modest portico and otherwise completely inconspicuous exterior in no way reveal what to expect inside. All we can say is: expect to be wowed. Because you will be, no matter how many photos we post. The almost underwhelming exterior makes a perfect balance for the overwhelming ornaments indoors. Almost no space is left blank in this ocean of floral decorations, vases, and other symbols representing heaven, hell, or the Kaaba.

The Portico Of Boğaziçi Mosque

The Portico Of Boğaziçi Mosque

If Colors Could Speak At Boğaziçi Mosque

If Colors Could Speak At Boğaziçi Mosque

What about the ostrich eggs?

There are so many other things calling for your attention at Boğaziçi Mosque, that you almost don’t pay attention to the six ostrich eggs that are hanging from the ceiling on a metal pendant. The all-white eggs are decorated with Arabic writings. Still, you might wonder, what are ostrich eggs doing in a mosque. The answer lies with their unique repellent properties; qualities also recognized and used by Mimar Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. Mimar Sinan was contracted for the construction of over 300 significant structures, but his masterpiece is without a doubt the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne; now UNESCO World Heritage.

It is said that the odor of dried ostrich eggs keep insects, spiders, and scorpions away, while humans can’t detect it. That is why Mimar Sinan used them in the chandeliers of his Ottoman mosques, as a perfect solution to avoid spiderwebs in the mosques’ chandeliers.

Click here to read more about Mimar Sinan

The Ostrich Eggs Ornament At Boğaziçi Mosque

The Ostrich Eggs Ornament At Boğaziçi Mosque

Final thoughts on visiting Boğaziçi Mosque

Visiting Boğaziçi Mosque usually requires a little detour, as the village isn’t exactly located on one of the main tourist itinerary axes. But, if you’re combining a visit to Kaklık Cave when visiting Pamukkale or Denizli, then it would be a shame to miss out on this gem, as Kaklık Cave is less than 20 kilometers away. Places like this are unique, and while this may not be a tourist hub, it is authentic Turkey. So, if it is authenticity you’re after and exploring a country beyond the obvious destinations, then consider a stop at Boğaziçi.

Click here to read our article on mosque etiquette, and to find the current prayer times for Denizli.

If you rely on public transportation, there are frequent buses from Denizli to Baklan, only 4 km away. Click here for the current timetable. Check out the tabs below for more practical tips to prepare your trip.

The Vibrant Color Of The Mihrab At Boğaziçi Mosque

The Vibrant Color Of The Mihrab At Boğaziçi Mosque

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It is fair to assume that regular prayer services in Boğaziçi are held at the new mosque, though the old Boğaziçi Mosque is equiped for it as well. So do check the prayer times for Denizli in the link provided above, and don’t forget to bring a scarf to cover your head. Please, dress accordingly.

If you’d like to know what other thought of their visit, check their reviews on TripAdvisor! Do you still have questions? Feel free to ask. 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.

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Incorporate this place in an itinerary. Consider adding places nearby. Find out what other places of interest are close to Boğaziçi mosque using our dedicated Turkey Trip Planner. You can even create your own bucket lists or leave a review.

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All depends on what your itinerary looks like, but we really enjoyed our stay at Bellamaritimo Hotel in Pamukkale. A budget hotel, but spic and span, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the balloons from your window.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. 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! 😉

Boğaziçi is well signposted from the D595 main road connecting Denizli to Çivril. You’ll find the old Boğaziçi Mosque near the village tea house. Trust us, you can’t miss it!

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country 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! 😉

It is fair to assume that regular prayer services in Boğaziçi are held at the new mosque, though the old Boğaziçi Mosque is equiped for it as well. So do check the prayer times for Denizli in the link provided above, and don’t forget to bring a scarf to cover your head. Please, dress accordingly.

If you’d like to know what other thought of their visit, check their reviews on TripAdvisor! Do you still have questions? Feel free to ask. 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.

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! 😉

Incorporate this place in an itinerary. Consider adding places nearby. Find out what other places of interest are close to Boğaziçi mosque using our dedicated Turkey Trip Planner. You can even create your own bucket lists or leave a review.

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! 😉

All depends on what your itinerary looks like, but we really enjoyed our stay at Bellamaritimo Hotel in Pamukkale. A budget hotel, but spic and span, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the balloons from your window.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. 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! 😉

Boğaziçi is well signposted from the D595 main road connecting Denizli to Çivril. You’ll find the old Boğaziçi Mosque near the village tea house. Trust us, you can’t miss it!

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country 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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Boğaziçi mosque: an explosion of color & a touch of ostrich eggs