Mevlid-i Halil Mosque

One of the most ancient mosque in the city center of Urfa province, it is believed that Hz. Ibrahim عليه اسلام was born in the cave next to this mosque

Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Coordinates: 37.147526, 38.786518

It is Also the Mevlid-i Halil Camii, Mevlid-I Halil Magarasi or Dergah Camii meaning the mosque of the birth place of Allah’s friend Ibrahim (عليه اسلام).

Mevlid means “happy birth”. The mosque was named Mevlid-i Halil Mosque because it is believed that Hz. Ibrahim عليه اسلام was born in the cave next to it.

This site along with the birth place in the cave and Pool of Sacred Fish (Balikli Gol) are sacred for Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Pool of Sacred Fish is near this mosque and the birthplace of prophet Ibrahim at Mevlid-i Halil Mosque.

Site Description

The Mevlid-i Halil Mosque is beautiful and peaceful. The grace and harmony that one feels already upon entering the courtyard welcomes the visitor who goes into the mosque.

Rules like dresscode are strict in this holy place.

The dome, the windows, the magnificent crystalline in the middle and the different stories with their arches: this visit will leave you with a great impression of fine art and passion to offer the best and if you are a believer, certainly even more.


This is the most ancient mosque located in the city center of Urfa province.

According to available sources, the building has gone through five major phases. First, a temple was built in the area during the Seleucid Period.

It is mentioned that there was a synagogue in the same area during Judaism.

In the first period of Christianity, in AD 150, a church named Christians Church was built in the same area. During the Byzantine Period, Urfa Hagia Sophia was built in this area.

Finally; During the Ottoman period, a mosque was built in the same area by Muhammed Salih Pasha in 1523.