Mahmut Pasa Mosque
The Mahmut Pasa was a grand vizier of Mehmet II and his Complex give his name to the district, Mahmut Pasa. It was the first vizier complex construction in Istanbul which built in 1462 just a few years after the city was conquered by Ottomans. The mosque not interesting because it is age, because it is a very fine example of the typical “Bursa style”, resemble Muradiye mosque in Bursa. The decorations in the mosque belong predominantly to the post -18th century period, and the Sultan Lodge is from the year 1828. The marble niche with muqarnas at the entrance door is one of the first examples of its kind in Istanbul. During restoration works, the minaret of the mosque was renewed in a classical style, during which it lost its original lines.
It is composed of a mosque, a bath, a madrasa (religious school), an imaret (soup kitchen), a sibyan mektebi (Ottoman elementary school), a han (caravanserai), and a tomb. In 1753, when a fire took place in the Bazaar, great damage was caused to a large portion of the madrasa. The sibyan mektebi and imaret were destroyed. The mosque, bath, tomb, and Kurkculer Hani are the only parts of the original complex which still exist today.
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