Seismic Retrofitting Of the 19TH Century Hirka-i Serif Mosque Using Textile Reinforced Mortar

C. Demir*, M. Comert, P. Inci, S. Dusak, A. Ilki

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In this study, a novel retrofitting intervention on the Hirka-i Serif Mosque (constructed in 1851), which has a significant importance for Muslims due to its historical relic preservation unit keeping the cloak of the Prophet Muhammad, was illustrated. For this purpose, first the seismic performance of the mosque was investigated through site investigations and structural analyses. A 3D finite element model of the Mosque was established, and the structural system was analyzed under the combined effects of the vertical loads and seismic actions. Additionally, the existing damages observed on the walls and vaults were investigated thoroughly. By taking the existing damages and the analyses results into consideration, a rehabilitation and seismic retrofit scheme was proposed and applied by making use of innovative materials. Throughout the study, recommendations of the guideline for earthquake risk management of historical structures in Turkey (2017) has been considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1364-1387
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Heritage
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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The authors would like to thank Istanbul Governorship Investment Monitoring and Coordination Presidency, Hirka-i Serif Foundation, Natura Mimarlik, Asuman Budak, Arzu Ünal, Baris Samir, Erdem MIH and Sümeyra Güldal for their support during the study.

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Hirka-i Serif Foundation


    • Assessment
    • FRP anchors
    • masonry
    • minaret
    • mosque
    • retrofit
    • seismic
    • TRM


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