Tomb of Sultan Murad III

Tomb of Sultan Murad III

Tomb of Sultan Murad III has been built between the Selim II and the Princes Tomb in 1599, four years after the death of Sultan Murad III in 1595 by Architect Davud Agha and his assistant Dalgıç Ahmet Agha.

Tomb of Sultan Murad III is one of the largest Ottoman tombs with its hexagon layout, double domes, exterior marble coating, and the arcaded section on the front. The tomb seems unsophisticated from outside, however it has a rich view inside with the most beautiful examples of coral red İznik ceramics dated to 16th century and hand-drawn ornamentation. There is a belt of polished thuluth (celi sülüs) ceramic in white color on dark blue background.

The windows of the tomb are in three rows. In the lower row, wooden kündekari cupboards are mounted in the interspaces of lidded windows. The kündekari style entrance door is decorated with geometrical shaped mother of pearl. Furthermore, there is a scripture of "Everybody shall experience death" on the left leaf, while another one of "You shall be returned to him" and "Dalgıç Ahmet Agha" on the left leave. There are a number of 54 sarcophaguses belong to Sultan Murad II, his wife Safiye, his daughters, women of court and princes.
Go to top