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Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque (Kadırga)

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  • Construction year: 1571-1572
  • The city it is located in: İstanbul
  • The borough it is located in: Eminönü
  • The neighbourhood it is located in: Kadırga
  • Address: Şehit Mehmet Paşa Yokuşu Street, Kadırga, Eminönü
  • How to reach the place: To reach this complex, get off the tram at Sultanahmet stop and follow the road from Atmeydanı in the direction of Kadırga. The Mosque and the Complex are located behind the Marmara University President's Office Building, about 200 m away.
  • 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: Built as the mosque of the Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Complex, it is famous as much for its architectural features due the way it has been ingeniously adapted to a sloping site. Many historians have declared the mosque in this complex as the most beautiful of Sinan’s small-scale mosques built in the name of grand viziers. Its fame is also due to the well-balanced and luminous interior of the building, as the clarity of its interior space becomes striking along with its attractive and multi-colored Iznik Tiles that cover the walls. Three small pieces of the Black Stone brought from Kaaba have been placed here. To experience the view of the mosque as seen from the entrance underneath the main classroom space of the madrasa is as dramatic as its fame implies.
  • The other monuments of Sinan similar to this building: Hagia Sophia Minarets (two of the four), Haseki Hürrem Sultan (Ayasofya) Bath House, Sokollu Mehmet Pasha (Azapkapı) Mosque, Sultan Selim (II) Tomb, Şehzadeler Tomb, Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Madrasa (Kadırga), Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Dervish Lodge, Kapıağası (Mahmut Ağa) Mosque,
  • The other monuments similar to this building: At Meydanı, Sultanahmet Mosque, Ayasofya Museum, III. Ahmet Fountain, Aya İrini, Topkapı Museum, Archaeological Museum, Yerebatan Cistern, Million Stone, Gülhane Park, Royal Mint (Darphane-i Amire)
  • Last Update: 2.12.2015
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