Sapanca, a lovely district in Sakarya, is among the locations frequently visited by local and foreign tourists. Boasting a rich vegetation adorned with beautiful mountains and other natural beauties, Sapanca is also a hidden gem with its historical places. Keep reading our article to learn more about Sapanca’s historical landmarks. Here are the historical beauties Sapanca has to offer...
Vecihi Gate: Vecihi Gate is located at the entrance of Kemer Cemetery. Although not known for sure, it is believed that this gate was once serving on the Silk Road. The inscription on the gate reads that the gate was built in 1321 according to the Julian calendar. Following is a translation of the passage written on the inscription: “This old artefact is called Vecihi Gate. It was built at the request of Vecihi Orhon Bey Efendi of Ioannina who worked as a district head here for two terms in (1321). All our prayers for his beloved soul and others resting here. I had a 1500-year-old naive son. Should I have known that this was a mortal world, I would wreak havoc everywhere.” It is also believed that the gate was the work of Sinan the Architect.
Rüstempasha Mosque: Rüstempasha Mosque is located at the center of Sapanca. Built in 1555 by Rüstem Pasha who was the son-in-law of Suleyman the Magnificent besides also being his grand vizier, this mosque was constructed by apprentices of Sinan the Architect. Although the mosque has suffered from many earthquakes and other natural disasters since the 16th century, it is still open to prayer.
Hasan Fehmi Pasha Mosque: Hasan Fehmi Pasha Mosque is located in Mahmudiye Village which is 3 kilometers to Sapanca. The mosque was built by Hasan Fehmi Pasha, an Ottoman vizier, in 1885. It is home to many unparalleled ornaments. There is an inscription in the mosque that starts with a section of the Koran and continues as follows: Greetings, and peace be with you! You have come all clean! This will be your eternal home now!” The mosque suffered a serious amount of damage in the August 17th earthquake.
Byzantium Tombs: The Byzantium Tombs are located just in front of the Government Office. There are four of them. Two of the tombs were discovered during the construction of the TEM Highway in 1987 while the other two were found near İlmiye Village in 1976.
Rahime Sultan Mosque: Rahime Sultan Mosque was built at the request of Sultan Abdülmecid’s wife in 1892. Located far away from the downtown, the mosque suffered damages several times over years. It went through renovation in 1967, however, was struck by the August 17th earthquake which damaged its minaret. Still, it is one of the few mosques that managed to preserve its original appearance. The building bears Sultan Abdülmecid’s signature on its middle window and front wall.
Cami Cedid Mosque: Built in 1895, this mosque is located in the downtown. It was restored to its former glory again thanks to recent restorations.
Sapanca Station Building: Located in the downtown, the Sapanca Station Building was completed in 1890 during the reign of Abdulhamid II. It was built by a French architect called Hazelaire.
Bridge of Justinian: Surviving to this day from the Byzantine Period, Bridge of Justinian suffered damages several times due to natural disasters. About 1500-year-old, the bridge was built by Justinian I but there is no clue as to what was the purpose behind its construction. It immediately gets its visitors under its spell with its grand design boasting 12 arches.
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