Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Istanbul
Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Istanbul
azapkapi-sokullu-mehmet-pasa-camii-2 A mosque you must visit! With it's great history and the quality of architecture it's one of the mosques in Istanbul you must not miss. Mehmed Paşa Sokolovic Mosque is an Ottoman mosque located in the Kadirga neighborhood of the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey.

The Mosque was commisioned by Mehmed Paşa Sokolovic, the most important Ottoman Grand Vizier in history, of Bosnian origin. He was Grand Vizier for three sultans: Suleiman the Lawgiver, Selim II and Murad III. The Mosque was built in 1572.

The architect was Mimar Sinan, who claimed that this is his most successful smaller mosque. Inside the mosque complex is the famous Madrasa.

The proportions of the mosque are in harmony so the entire project leaves a remarkable impression on the visitor.

The central dome and four corner domes dominate the space. The interior of the Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite İznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of blue and green floral designs, with panels of calligraphy presenting white letters on a blue background which decorate the mihrab wall.

The windows above the mithrab are stained glass. Above the door, framed by a gold design, is a fragment of the Kaaba in Mecca; other fragments of this black stone are in the minbar and mihrab.

The panels were painted with hatayi ornaments (large stylized flower patterns) and represent the highest level of ceramic tile art.
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