Hidden Turkey: Yazır Köyü’s Çarşı Mosque

We’ve written about beautiful mosques before, but there’s no reason not to share another masterpiece that seems to be part of the ‘hidden Turkey’. This time, we’re taking you to Yazır Köyü’s Çarşı Mosque, also known as Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii. This little village is tucked away somewhere between Kibyra and Salda Gölü, along the E87 connecting Antalya to Denizli. On the village square, you’ll find an inconspicuous mosque, just as you would in any other Turkish village. Only this time, you need to go in. This is why.

Life In The Shade Of Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii

Life In The Shade Of Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii

When appearances are deceiving: hidden Turkey in a mosque interior

There is no way of knowing what a mosque looks like inside by looking at it from the outside. A modest mosque like the Çarşı Mosque at Yazır Köyü, for example, doesn’t reveal anything about its mindblowing interior. So, if you were to drive past it, you presumably wouldn’t stop. But then again, you’d probably never end up in Yazır village anyway if you hadn’t read about the existence of this mosque before hitting the road. Visiting the village only requires a small detour if your visiting Aphrodisias or Pamukkale from the coastal resorts of Antalya or Fethiye. This is your typical Turkish village, where life has its own pace, and people escape the summer heat under the plane trees.

Entering Çarşı Mosque At Yazır Köyü

Entering Çarşı Mosque At Yazır Köyü

View From The Mihrab Towards The Entrance Of Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii

View From The Mihrab Towards The Entrance Of Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii

Before your visit, make sure to read up on mosque etiquette and check at what time the prayers are on the day of your visit. Ideally, visit right after prayer, when you’re sure the mosque will be accessible. If you’re there early, kill some time at the local tea house next to the mosque, their ‘Tost’ is delicious, and the warm welcome is complementary! There’s a bonus for waiting there: you can see from your table when the last people are exiting the mosque after prayer. Once they have, head over to the entrance, take off your shoes, and cover your hair if you’re a woman. If you forgot your scarf, don’t panic, there are scarves available inside.
Peaceful Exterior Of Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii

Peaceful Exterior Of Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii

Hacı Ömer Ağa Camii: 200-year-old mosque expertly restored

Hacı Ömer Ağa built the Çarşı Mosque at Yazır village in 1802-3 according to the headstone above the door. The rectangular mosque in Seljuk style architecture is divided into three sections. The structure is supported by ten wooden poles, six of which are free-standing. The ceiling of the mosque is divided into small squares and adorned with excellent examples of a ‘pencil-work-on-wood-technique’ consisting of plant motifs.

The Detail Of The Painted Decorations On The Ceiling Is Mindblowing

The Detail Of The Painted Decorations On The Ceiling Is Mindblowing

The Corner Area Next To The Minbar Is Used For Koran Classes

The Corner Area Next To The Minbar Is Used For Koran Classes

The mosque interior is full of beautiful paintings on the panels on the walls in a style that – at the time – was only seen in big cities such as Istanbul. The three rows of decorations include curtains motifs, but also roses, tulips, and carnations in vases, baskets, and amphorae; as well as still-lifes with fruit such as apples, grapes, pomegranates, pears, watermelons.
Eye For Detail Throughout The Restoration Process

Eye For Detail Throughout The Restoration Process

Above The Mihrab Two Frames Features Orginal Paintings And Manuscripts

Above The Mihrab Two Frames Features Orginal Paintings And Manuscripts

In April 2015, after a restoration period of 2,5 years, the mosque reopened. The restoration works were essential to preserve the building that had suffered from severe water-damage over the years. Nowadays, the mosque is back in use, and the imam is welcoming visitors with open arms. This magnificent building is the pride and joy of the villagers, who are happy to see outsiders visiting.
The Women's Prayer Hall At Çarşı Mosque Is The Perfect Place To Admire The Craftsmanship Of The Wooden Ceiling

The Women’s Prayer Hall At Çarşı Mosque Is The Perfect Place To Admire The Craftsmanship Of The Wooden Ceiling

In short, if you happen to be in the area, do not miss this out on this stunning mosque and charming village. This is what getting off the beaten track in Turkey is all about. It’s in villages like Yazır that you’ll get to see the hidden Turkey, experiencing the hospitality of the locals.
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You won’t find many reviews on TripAdvisor about this place, which is what happens if you’re going off the beaten path, but those who have visited, are raving about it! As you know, all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you still have questions about visiting Yazır village, 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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If you’re in the area, consider visiting Salda Gölü, Kibyra, or Aphrodisias. All great places to visit, not too far from Yazır.

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Nearby Lake Salda is a great place to spend the night; Have a look at Hotel Lago di Salda. It features lake views and access, a pool, and free breakfast and WiFi.

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The nearest airport is Denizli. 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.

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You won’t find many reviews on TripAdvisor about this place, which is what happens if you’re going off the beaten path, but those who have visited, are raving about it! As you know, all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you still have questions about visiting Yazır village, 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! 😉

If you’re in the area, consider visiting Salda Gölü, Kibyra, or Aphrodisias. All great places to visit, not too far from Yazır.

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! 😉

Nearby Lake Salda is a great place to spend the night; Have a look at Hotel Lago di Salda. It features lake views and access, a pool, and free breakfast and WiFi.

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! 😉

The nearest airport is Denizli. 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.

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