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Located in Tophane, the Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque was commissioned by the Ottoman chief admiral, Kilic Ali Pasa, and built by the architect Sinan in 1580. Designed as an entire mosque-complex (Turkish: kulliye) there is the mosque itself, a madrassa, a...more
This is one of my favorite mosques in the city. It is beutifully renovated and a pleasure to see the European and Oriental architecture and the majesty of the Ottoman times. There is a Hamam around the corner which is part of the complex. There...More
Having often passed this Mosque while passing on the the tram I decided to visit this time around. This beautiful and impressive Mosque is quiet and not on the regular tourist schedule. Visiting outside of prayer times I had the whole building for myself and...More
The grand and beautiful mosque is a hidden gem. Built in the early 1400's it is a great structure of Ottoman style and decorated beautifully inside. The call to prayer is not very loud which is dissapointing. The ladies section is small but includes clothes...More
On my last short visit to Istanbul, I made sure finally to visit the mosque of the Italian-born Kilic Ali Pasha (Ali the Sword), who, after being pressed into service as a galley rower in the mid-16th century, rose through the ranks of the Ottoman...More
Built by the great architect Mimar Sinan in 16th century,Kılıç Ali Pasa Mosque is the smal version of Hagia Sophia with its plan... Mimar Sinan had experinced the Hagia Sophia and fixed its balance problems. Thats why Kılıç Alıi Paşa Mosque is the key of...More
very readily accessible on walk or tramway. i am frequently performing my afternoon prayers here. in ramadan, qoran is read... important, as well, the highly artistic illustrations posted at the entrance. clean and cool at summer.
This is one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. I visited it twice: first before the comprehensive renovation in 2011 and second last October. Honestly, I liked it much better before the renovation: wooden original handcrafts below the muezzin section are unfortunately gone after...More
Sitting pretty with an age-old air about it, Karakoy is situated on the European side of the Bosphorus at the mouth of the Golden Horn. Perhaps the city’s most historically significant area, it’s currently one of the most happening parts of town as well. Here street vendors and alfresco fish restaurants line the banks of the Horn where the views of major attractions across the water rival Karakoy’s own key attractions,
such as the iconic 14th century Galata Tower and the Museum of Modern Art. A major hub for local and international waterborne traffic, Istanbul’s commercial and maritime heritage remains as relevant and evident as ever in Karakoy. Commuter ferries mingle with luxury cruise liners at its busy port, ensuring a continuously cosmopolitan flow of people..