The Gates Of Paradise

Architectural Historian Prof. Doğan Kuban has published his book titled ‘Cennetin Kapıları’ (‘The Gates of Paradise’) on the subject of the Divriği Ulucami Mosque and Şifahane (Apothecarium), the magnificent legacy of the Seljuks.

The ‘Gates of Paradise’ photography exhibit brings history and art lovers together at the Divriği Mosque Religious Complex, which is one of the most splendid works of Anatolian Turkish architecture. The exhibit has now been turned into a book by YEM Publications with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the cooperation of IKSV.

The book also contains Prof. Dr. Doğan Kuban’s previously unexhibited photographs as well as original essays that he has written for its publication. The ‘Gates of Paradise’ exhibit consists of architect/photographer Cemal Emden’s photographs and includes the texts of Dr. Kuban, who has published books and articles about the Divriği Mosque Religious Complex since 1965, and was realized with the design and sponsorship of MA Architect Basri Hamulu.

Through his support of the exhibit and his book, Dr. Kuban aims to create public support for the preservation of this structure – which is under greater threat of disappearance each passing day – and to provide visual documentation of the structure while also promoting its architect and sculptor, Hürremşah (who was of Persian origin) around the world.