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A study on possible foreign impacts on the Sungur Bey Mosque in Nigde

Esin, Didem
Sungur Bey Mosque and the Tomb adjacent to it were built in Nigde in the first half of the 14th century. In many respects, the Mosque is a traditional Anatolian building in terms of its architecture and decoration. Nevertheless, some of the architectural forms observed on the Mosque point to possible foreign interactions. The aim of this thesis is to take a critical look at the sources of the foreign architectural forms observed on the Sungur Bey Mosque and to question how such interactions could be possible in the 14th century Anatolia. In this context, the foreign architectural elements of the Mosque are compared vis-a-vis contemporary examples from Europe, Eastern Crusader States, Cyprus, Armenia and Anatolia. In addition, Crusades, trade relations and traveling artists are considered among possible interactions which could be influential in the transmission of these architectural forms. Thus, Sungur Bey Mosque is evaluated in a different viewpoint, which considers historical events and a number of possible interactions.