Amasya Saraçhane Mosque
Saraçhane Mosque, which is located at the city center of Amasya and dated to 1372 is built out of cut stone on a rectangular-plan base and includes a small cemetery in its courtyard. It is one of the earliest mosques in Amasya which is rich with cultural heritage. The building, which appears in the city plan prepared by Gabriel (1934) and can be identified within the urban identity in old photographs, currently remains surrounded with buildings and is hardly discernable. The mosque, whose ownership is represented by The Directorate General of Foundations, has undergone several repairs. During the early repairs, poor quality additions were built and the authenticity of the building was destroyed. However, its authenticity was tried to be restored during the restoration which was finished in 2008. In current literature, the information about Saraçhane Mosque is restricted to inventory data. In this respect, the inclusion of Saraçhane Mosque to the literature by documenting it and the exposure of its architectural and technical features are essential for the transmission of cultural heritage to the next generations. In this context, in this article, the architectural and decorative features of the building in question will be introduced, and in addition to the original social and physical characteristics of the building, the process the building underwent until today, its social structure and fabric following the restoration, its current situation and problems will be evaluated.
Restoration, Cultural Heritage, Saraçhane Mosque, Amasya