The mosques where the Moslems pray are significant
buildings with their minarets, courtyards with the fountain and
domes. The minarets are the towers where the call for prayers are
made. At the fountain in the courtyard people wash before prayers.
In the domed interior, covered by rugs and carpets, the ritual of
praying takes place. There is a niche indicating the direction of
Mecca next to which is a pulpit with stairs where the imam makes a
speech on special days.
The word cami means a place for meeting. The mosques are of
different sizes depending on the population of the district. The
mosques are open to visitors with no entrance fee. However, as in
all religious buildings, you have to abide by certain rules during
your visit. For example, the visits should be arranged at times
when the worshippers will not be disturbed; shoes must be taken
off before entering and suitable clothes should be worn.
Especially during summer months, to avoid any awkward incidents
due to your outfits, you can get one of the covers available at
the entrance. During the prayers at religious holidays, funerals
and on Fridays, mass prayers are observed, resulting in large
attendance at the mosques; therefore these times are not suitable
for a visit.
The Old Mosque at Paspatur was built during the Ottoman
period, constructed in the 18th century. It was damaged during the
earthquake in 1957 and was repaired later. The New Mosque in the
center is the largest one in Fethiye. The offices of the mufti is
located next to this mosque. In addition to these, there are
mosques you can visit in all the areas of settlement in Fethiye.
The Fethiye Museum is the center of the town with
archaeological and ethnographical sections. Early Lycian, Persian,
Hellenistic, Roman, Byzanthian ands Ottoman works of art and
samples of handcrafts typical to the region are exhibited here.
The museum is open every day except Mondays. At the entrance of
the museum books in various languages especially on archaeological
and historical subjects are offered for sale.
The Public Library is located in the building next to the
Fethiye Museum. It is open during office hours where you can find
books, magazines and encyclopedias published in various languages.