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Azapkapi Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque

  • Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque

  • Its plan suggests that it was perhaps designed as a prototype for Sinan’s masterpiece, Selimiye Mosque

  • The dome rests on eight semi-domes of two different sizes

  • Sokollu Mosque's interior is made from polychrome marble and decorated with Iznik tiles in shades of red, blue, purple and green

This is the second mosque constructed by Sinan for Sokullu Mehmet Pasha. It was finished in 1577-1578. Less elegant than the one in Kumkapi it still has its own beauty. Its plan suggests that it was perhaps designed as a prototype for Sinan’s masterpiece, Selimiye Mosque. Due to presence of shops on the main floor, its entrance is raised over the ground floor in quite an interesting manner.

The portico is closed on both the top and the sides. The dome rests on eight semi-domes of twe different sizes and four other arches located between the support towers.

Red, blue, purple and green Iznik Tiles
Sokollu Mosque's interior is made from polychrome marble and decorated with Iznik tiles in shades of red, blue, purple and green. The tiles make for a striking contrast to the white walls of the Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque. There are totally more than 90 windows in the Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque.

Hacer-i Esved (Holy black stone of Kabaa)
In addition, there is one other characteristic of the mosque that the four small parts of  Hacer-i Esved ( the holy black stone located at the Kaaba) were placed on the niche and under the entrance platform, and the two other parts were placed on the door of the pulpit and its cone.

Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque was restored and finally reopened in 1941.

Useful Information for Azapkapi Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque

Address Karaköy Caddesi Azapkapi Beyoglu, Istanbul
Fast Facts Because the mosques are the sacred places for muslims, there are several cases needed to be paid attention during visits; 1. Mosques must be visited between the prayer times. If you come across the prayer times, you can visit the mosque after the community leaves. 2. Women come to mosques by covering their heads with scarves while the men wear coifs before going in. It should be paid attention to costumes while visiting a sacred place like a mosque, especially in summer times. 3. Shorts should not be worn by men and women during the visits of mosques and tombs because costume is an important point to be paid attention in visiting sacred places.