Some things are better off broken.
Italys' Leaning Tower of Pisa is
famous because it leans. The unfinished
granite obelisk in the ancient Egyptian
stone quarry on the Nile is famous
because it broke before it could be
Antalya's broken wonder is the Broken
Minaret (Kesik Minare) of
the Korkut Mosque (Korkut
Camii) at the corner of Hesapçi Sokak and Cami Sokak in Kaleiçi (map). The mosque was first built
as a Roman temple in
the 2nd century AD, and
thus did not originally have a minaret at all.
A Byzantine church in honor of the
Virgin Mary was built on the temple
site in the 600s, but it was badly damaged
during the Arab invasions of
the 700s. It
in the 900s.
Mosque, first a Roman temple, then a church, now
When the Seljuk
Turkish Empire of Rum took Antalya from
the Byzantines, the church was converted to a mosque
and the minaret added, but in 1361
when Peter I, crusader king of Cyprus,
from the Seljuks it became a church again.
It became a mosque yet again during
the rule of Şehzade
Korkut (1470-1509), son
of the Ottoman sultan Beyazit II,
and continued as a place of worship
until 1846, when it was destroyed
by a great fire.
The temple-church-mosque now lays
in ruins, but the minaret survives.
So it now stands at the southeastern end of Cami Sokak in Kaleiçi (Old
Antalya), periodically repaired—but
a local curiosity and a convenient
—by Tom Brosnahan