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Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque and Tomb

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  • Construction year: 1580
  • The city it is located in: İstanbul
  • The borough it is located in: Beyoğlu
  • The neighbourhood it is located in: Tophane
  • Address: Meclisi Mebusan Avenue, Tophane, Beyoğlu
  • How to reach the place: The buildings within this complex are located right across from the Tophane stop for all public transportation.
  • Monument type: Mosque
  • The function today: Mosque
  • The ownership: Directorate of Pious Foundations
  • The bibliography that link the building to Sinan: TE, TB, TM
  • Information about the monument: Kılıç Ali Pasha, who was a conscript recruit of Italian origin, had this complex built outside the Galata city walls, based on the Ayasofya design concept. It is another one of Sinan’s architectural works that has reached our day in quite a good condition. Its similarity to the Hagia Sophia has been sometimes considered to be a negative factor by some critiques and attributed to the Pasha’s past, or his attempt at creating such a splendor just near the non-muslim Galata neighborhood. This large scale mosque displays a celebration of architecture with its references to the Hagia Sophia, unique plan, rich and highly refined marble workmanship in the burial area. The courtyard is open during the day. This is a place where high-level Ottoman naval officers have been laid to rest. It is closed to visitors but can easily be viewed from the outside. The Tomb of Kılıç Ali Pasha is also an unusual structure with a unique plan. The portico was brought inside, instead of projecting to the exterior. It is closed to visitors but can be seen with permission from the Directorate of Tombs and Museums. The Bath House of the Complex was in use until 2006 but it is now closed to public in preparation for the restoration planned for the building.
  • The other monuments of Sinan similar to this building: Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha Tomb, Sinan Paşa (Beşiktaş) Mosque, Sinan Paşa Madrasa, Molla Çelebi (Fındıklı) Mosque, Rüstem Paşa Caravanserai (Kurşunlu Hanı), Şehzade Cihangir Mosque, Memikethuda Masjid,
  • The other monuments similar to this building: Nusretiye Mosque, Nusretiye (Tophane) Clock Tower, İstanbul Modern Art Museum
  • Last Update: 30.11.2015
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