Tomb of Sultan Mehmed III had been built by Architect Dalgıç Ahmed Aga in 1608 at the behest of Sultan Ahmet I the son of Sultan Mehmed III when he died in 1603.
The tomb is coated with marble externally; it has 8 corners and double domes and composed of a large section in the middle and two sections adjacent to the entrance. There are star, flower and landscape pictures near the arcaded part enabling entrance. This is a style which is not included in the classical ornamentation elements of the period. The windows in the tomb are in three rows. The interspaces between windows and cupboards of the lower row are decorated with 17th century İznik ceramics. There are ceramic belts in white over dark blue background on lower row windows. The other parts excluding ceramic ornamentation are decorated with hand-drawn ornamentation. Afterwards, there are sections added for daughters of sultans at both sides of the structure. There is a date epigraph outside the tomb faced to Bab-i Humayun Avenue. There are 26 sarcophaguses in total in the tomb for Sultan Mehmed III, Handan Sultan who was the mother of Sultan Ahmed I, the princes and daughters of Sultan Ahmed I, Ayse Sultan who was the daughter of Sultan Murad III and other princes.
Information from website of the Hagia Sophia Museum
- Added: 3 Jan 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2631450
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