The Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque

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Mehina d┼żamija Jun 13, 2017
The Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque from the 16th century is constructed with a single dome and minaret on the slope of a hill between Sultanahmet Mosque and Kucuk Ayasofya Mosque.

This mosque is a masterpiece of Mimar Sinan and one of the most beautiful examples of classical Turkish architecture. It was designed for the grand vizier Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, by order of his wife Sultana Esma, the granddaughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

The pulpet and the prayer niches are covered with elegant Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of blue and green floral designs, and panels of calligraphy in white letters on a blue field. Having interred pieces of Black Stone from Kaaba in its minbar, mihrab abd dome is among its most remarkable features.

Around a pretty courtyard and main building there is a graveyard which is not accessible and with some sense of mystique about it. There is a madrasah for boys and girls.

The mosque is closed for visitors and only opened in the praying time.
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