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Kasimiye Medrese in Mardin by Jens Helmstedt

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Kasimiye Medrese (madrassa) in Mardin in Southeastern Anatolia was built in the late 14th century during end of Artuklu (Artuqid) period in this region. Maybe the madrassa was completed during the reign of turkoman Akkoyunlu in the mid of 15th century. It is named after Kasim Pasha, the son of the Akkoyunlu Cihangir Bey (r.1444-1453).

Kasimiye Medrese was an important place for studies of physics, chemistry, medical science, astronomy and islamic theology. Above each of the low doors to the small classrooms showed a symbol the field of study. Standing on the roof of Kasimiye Medrese offers a wonderful view over the region of old Northern Mesepotamia.

In an high arched niche water gushes out of the wall and flows through a trickle into a basin in the middle of the madrassa. The artificial source of water in the wall symbolizes the birth, the trickle the childhood and youth and the basin symbolizes the place, where the people will gather after death on the day of the court. About the red stains on the walls the Legend relates that when Kasim Pasha died in a battle with Timurids, his sister threw angry and sad his bloody shirt to the wall.

© Photo by Jens Helmstedt

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  • EvCohen
    EvCohenalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you very much

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • stevebuffington
    stevebuffingtonalmost 6 years ago

    This is sooooo moody. Just a stellar capture. I think you should add it to more groups. Mood and Ambience comes to mind. But it deserves to be seen.

  • Thanks a lot for your nice words, Steve, I will try to find more groups for this image.

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 6 years ago

    lovely capture, very good composition and mood

  • Thanks very much, Antanas

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • linda858100
    linda858100almost 6 years ago


  • Thanks!!! Linda

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning powerful capture!

  • Thank you very much for your nice words, Susan

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • helmutk
    helmutkalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture !

  • Thanks for your nice comment

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 6 years ago

    excellent image, love the composition and light

  • Thank you very much Paulette

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • rosson1
    rosson1almost 6 years ago

    Lovely shot…moody and archaic:)

  • thanks a lot, Ralph

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful place and fantastic atmosphere!

  • Thank you for your nice comment!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Rhys Herbert
    Rhys Herbertalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot, great lighting and composition

  • Thank you very much for your friendly words!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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