at the Roman Agora of Athens
Known as the Fetiye Mosque, it was originally thought to be a 15th century building, however, it is now dated to the second part of 17th century, built on the ruins of a three-part basilica mid-Byzantine church, at the northern side of the Roman Agora and close to the Tower of the Winds. During the Turkish occupation it was known as the Mosque of the Wheat Market.
The mosque is built following the «quatrefoil» or «clover-leaf-cross-in-square» architectural style, as it's wide center dome is supported by four foils in a cross layout.
Since 1834 when Athens became the capital of the newly formed Greek state and through the first decades of the 20th century it was used as a military bakery. Since then, it was mainly used as a stockhouse of archaeological findings from the Acropolis and the nearby Agora excavations. Due to the plethora of available building material at the time of its erection, the mosque incorporates architectural elements from the classical and byzantine times, among which one can see even ancient ionic pedestals.
With the exception of the removal of some of the most recent architectural additions and the return to it original state in 1935, the mosque had never before been fully renovated, while in 2010 it developed some serious static issues. In Autumn 2010 the Ministry of Culture had evacuated the several antiquities that were housed there from the building.
In the vicinity of Fetiye Mosque and the Roman Agora, we recommend Plaka Hotel, a family hotel which is an excellent value for the money, rated as "fabulous" by hundreds of Booking.com guests. The hotel offers a rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the Acropolis and across Athens. The 24-hour reception can help you with travel services in Greece and organize day trips around Athens. The elegantly decorated guest rooms at Hotel Plaka include a minibar, safe, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. Most rooms have balcony with views to the Acropolis, Plaka or Lycabetus hill. A rich American breakfast buffet and a Greek breakfast are served each morning 07:00 to 10:00.
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Walking Tour in Athens
The way that medieval Greece made its stake through history is quite different than the rest of Europe. Churches, mosques and hamam baths from this era survived through the centuries to tell us their stories. Let's discover them...