Kilic Ali Pasa was a converted Italian from Ochiali and in time became the Chief Captain of the Ottoman Navy. The mosque was constructed by Sinan for Kilic Ali Pasa in 1578 – 1580. When Sinan design this mosque he was over 90 years old. The mosque is located in the Tophane district next the cruise harbour across the Ottoman canon foundry (Tophane). When Ali Pasa looking a palace for his mosque, it was told him by Sultan to construct his mosque in the sea for being the Chief Captain. And he had the mosque built on the area reclaimed from the sea. The mosque is a small replica of Hagia Sophia and decorated with iznik tiles of XVI century. Today the mosque is surrounded by buildings constructed at later periods. During 19th century renovation single balconied minaret was renewed and the Baroque ornaments were added to it.
The mosque complex include a madrasa, a sabil, a turkish bath, an octoganal turbe behind the mosque with Kilic Ali Pasa tomb.
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