Rustem Pasa Medresesi – Istanbul

Rüstem Pasa Medresesi also known as Rüstem Pasa Camii, Rüstem Pasa Madrasa, Rustem Pasha Medrese, Rustem Pasha Madrasa, Rüstem Pasa Cami.  The Rüstem Pasa Madrasa is located in the Cagaloglu neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey. Its construction was completed in 1550 by order of the Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasa to the architect Sinan, as documented in…

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Rumeli Hisari – Istanbul

Rumeli Hisari also known as Rumeli Fortress, Rumeli Hisarı, Rumelihisari, Bogazkesen, Rumeli Hisar.  The Rumeli Fortress (Rumelihisari) is located on the European (Rumeli) side of the Bosphorus. It was built by Mehmed II in four months beginning in the spring of 1452 across the waters from the Anatolian Fortress (Anadoluhisari or Güzelce Hisar) built by…

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Nuruosmaniye Kulliyesi – Istanbul

Nuruosmaniye Külliyesi also known as Nuruosmaniye Complex, Nuruosmaniye Külliye, Nuruosmaniye Kulliye. Construction on the Nuruosmaniye Complex began in 1749 during the rule of Mahmud I (1730-1754) and was completed by his brother and successor Osman III (1754-1757) in 1755. It is located to the east of the covered bazaar and was built to replace the…

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Nisanci Mehmet Pasa Kulliyesi – Istanbul

Nisanci Mehmet Pasa Külliyesi also known as Nisanci Mehmet Pasa Camii, Nisanci Mehmet Pasa Complex, Nisanci Mehmed Pasa Camii, Nisanci Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Nisanci Mehmed Pasa Complex, Cedit Nisanci Camisi, Nisanci Mehmet Pasa Camisi.  According to the inscription above the portal, the complex was commissioned by Nisanci (“marksman”) Mehmet Pasa (d.1592). Although the complex is…

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Mahmud Pasa Complex – Istanbul

Mahmud Pasa Complex also known as Mahmud Pasa Külliyesi. Mahmud Pasa (d. 1474), a devsirme from Serbia, was the grand-vizier of Mehmed II between 1453-66 and 1472-74 and is known also as a poet and a patron of the arts. The complex he built inside the city walls following the fall of Constantinople consists of…

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The Tombs, Sabil and Cemetery – Istanbul

The Tomb of Mustafa III and Selim III and the sabil are located along the cemetery wall to the west of the southwest precinct gate. In addition to Mustafa III, the tomb houses his mother Mihrisah Sultan, his son and later successor Selim III, his daughters Hibetullah and Fatma Sultans and Mihrimah Sultan. It is…

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Laleli Kulliyesi – Istanbul

Laleli külliyesi also known as Laleli complex, Laleli Külliye and Laleli külliyesi. The Laleli Complex was built between 1760 and 1763 by Mustafa III (1757-1774). It is the last royal complex to be built in Istanbul and follows the Ottoman baroque convention established at the Nuruosmaniye Complex built a decade earlier. Most scholars attribute this…

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Koprulu Yalisi – Istanbul

Koprulu Yalisi also know as Amcazade Hüseyin Pasa Yalisi, Köprülü Yali, Koprulu Yalisi, Amcazade Hüseyin Pasa Seaside Mansion, Köprülü Divanhanesi, Köprülü Seaside Mansion, Köprülü Amcazade Hüseyin Pasa Yalisi. The Amcazade Hüseyin Pasa seaside mansion (yali) is the oldest existing private residence in Istanbul. It was built in 1699 for Amcazade Hüseyin Pasa (1644-1702), a member…

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Koca Sinan Pasa Complex – Istanbul

Koca Sinan Pasa Complex also know as Tomb and Fountain of Sinan Pasa, Sinan Pasa Külliyesi, Koca Sinan Pasa Külliyesi, Sinan Pasa Türbesi, Yemen Fatihi Sinan Pasa Külliyesi. The Koca Sinan Pasa Complex is located on Yeniçeriler Street at Çarsikapi between Çemberlitas and Beyazit Squares. It was built by Koca Sinan Pasa (1520-96), who was…

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Kilic Ali Pasa Kulliyesi – Istanbul

Kilic Ali Pasa Kulliyesi also know as Tophane Camii, Kaptan-i Derya Kiliç Ali Pasa Külliyesi, Admiral Kilich Ali Pasha Mosque. Kiliç Ali Pasa w as the grand admiral of the Ottoman Navy between 1571 and 1587. His religious complex in Istanbul is located across the Ottoman canon foundry (Tophane) near Karaköy, and was built by…

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