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İskender Pasha Mosque

Kanlıca, Beykoz, Istanbul

At the entrance of Kanlıca quay

One of the neighbourhood attractions in pretty Kanlıca is this unusual mosque built by Sinan in 1560. The mosque and türbe (its founders tomb) the the later timekeeper’s pavilion survive, but the mosque suffered greatly in an 1850 renovation and was damaged by road-building in 1925. The compensation is a light-hearted quirkiness: the plane tree has been painted with fish scales and hung with lifebuoys.

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