Acrocorinth Mosque (Τζαμιού του Ακροκόρινθου)

Originally built as a temple to Aphrodite, it was converted into a church and then subsequently a mosque. It's been suggested that St Paul may have preached here during his visit to Corinth. Located in the jumble of columns and architectural fragments found at the left of the main street, just inside the third gate of the fortifications. Evliya Celebi narrates, “...the Fethiye mosque was originally a Christian church, but was later converted to a mosque. In addition to these there are 2 neighborhood mosques, ...”

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c. The facade of the mosque had a centrally placed entrance door with two adjoining windows, while the mihrab is traced by the semicircular niche of the southern wall. The dimensions of the building are 8.50x9.50 meters.
c. The southeast oriented Qibla wall of the mosque with mehrab (polygonal prayer niche covered in stalactite or honeycomb vaulting), crowned by a multi-foliate arch, is placed at the south wall designating the direction of prayer toward Mecca. Two windows are opened on either side of the mihrab, crowned with flattened pointed arches.
c. The 0,70 m thick masonry is composed by porous blocks of stone, partially elaborated, while other materials, such as bricks, ceramic broken pieces of tiles, and wooden joints have been interspersed. The west wall is pierced for a window and is externally reinforced at the base of the talus of masonry.
c. Remains of the semispherical dome which covers the main prayer hall, part of it has though collapsed, resting on four squinches at the four corners. The minaret has a polygonal base, leading to a winding stairway. It has lost the biggest part of its shaft, the balcony, the upper body with its spire and no indication about their initial form.
c. Internal porche of the mosque. The mosque seems to have stood within a walled court, with a cloister-like series of rooms along its northern border. The surviving masonry walls, following the form of almost a square shaped building, allows the attribution of a common type of mosque ground floor plan, equipped with a portico.
c. The southern exposure of the mosque remains, the partial remains of the minarets can also be identified on the western corner of the mosque.
c. Looking northwest towards the entrance from within the main prayer hall of the Acrocorinth mosque, and the main door is crowned by a lower circular arch, formed by two rows of finely curved voussoirs (indication of possible Venetian intervention).
Latest Update: August 26, 2017
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