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Buyukdere Caddesi No 136 Levent  Istanbul  34330  Turkey 

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Kılıç Ali Paşa Cami

Iconic Mosque
  • Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
  • Category: Religious Sights
  • Train: "Tophane

Description

The Kılıç Ali Pasha Cami was built in the late 1500s by renowned architect of the 16th Century, Mimar Sinan. It is christened after the Grand Admiral during the Ottoman period. Its splendid architecture lends to common recognition of its resemblance to the historic Orthodox-basilica-turned-mosque, the Hagia Sophia. The central dome is flanked by exedras on either side and the structure boasts a solitary minaret. Iznik tiles are inscribed with holy verses from the Koran, while six marble columns above the prayer hall are topped with five domes. In addition to a mosque, the complex features a madrassah, a tomb, and Turkish bath or hamam.

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