Arslanhane Mosque, Ankara

The Aslanhane Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Turkey, dates back to 1290.

The Aslanhane Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Turkey, dates back to 1290. Designed by Ebubekir Mehmet, it is styled as a Seljuq period mosque, with a flat wooden ceiling supported by 24 carved pine-wood columns and a mihrap of Seljuq ceramic tiles. Built during the reign of Mesud II, it was commissioned by Ahi leaders Hüsamettin and Hasaneddin, but was named after Ahi Serafettin who renovated it in 1330. In front of the mosque is the mausoleum of Serafettin. The mosque gets its name Aslanhane, meaning Lion’s House, from the lion statue embedded in the wall here.















About Arslanhane Mosque

 Merkez, Altındağ/Ankara, Turkey

Arslanhane Mosque and Nearby Sights on Map


Ulus is the heart of Ankara, a bustling area around a square with several historical sites such as the Monument of Republic, Ankara Palas and Statue of Victory

War of Independence Museum

The War of Independence Museum displays important military photographs, documents and furniture from the Turkish War of Independence against Allied proxies, which led to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey

Roman Road of Ankara

The Roman Road of Ankara is an ancient Roman road which led to the Old Ulus Town Bazaar

PTT Stamp Museum

The Pul Muzesi or Stamp Museum at Turkish Telecom in Ankara displays a chronological collection of all the Ottoman and Turkish stamps circulated, from the first Tughra stamps of Sultan Abdülaziz of ‘The Sublime Ottoman Empire’ issued in 1863 up to present day prints

Victory Monument

The Victory Monument was erected in 1927 to commemorate the Turkish War of Independence

Temple of Augustus and Rome

The remains of the Augusteum or Temple of Augustus and Rome can be seen here

Hacı Bayram Mosque

The Haci Bayram Mosque is dedicated to Sufi poet Haci Bayram, who founded the Bayrami sect

Zincirli Mosque

The Zincirli Mosque in Ulus was built in 1685 and is a typical 17th century Turkish mosque, with a stone dado and brick walls

Ankara Roman Theatre

The ruins of an ancient Roman theatre dating back to the 2nd century AD can be seen here

Roman Bath

Excavated ruins of a typical Roman bath can be seen on Cankiri Street