"The Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Complex" is located in the neighborhood of Kadirga on Suterazisi Street of the Eminönü District, of the bank of Sehit Mehmed Pasa.
Esmahan Sultan, a wife of Sokullu Mehmed Pasa, ordered its construction in 1571. It was built in the name of the Sokullu Mehmed Pasa, a prominent Grand Vizier in the Ottoman period. The complex is composed of a mosque, a madrasa (theological school attached to a mosque), and a tekke (dervish lodge).
It was built on an inclined slope, where the Aya Anastasia Church had already been placed during the Byzantine period. The architecture of the complex is Sinan the Architecture, who marked to the Ottoman Architecture.
Prayer hall of the complex’s mosque is placed on six pier foundation and capped by a hexagonal dome with a diameter of 13 m.
The decorative niche (mihrab) with its prismatic shape and pulpit are the finest example of marble workmanship of the time. Especially, the tile wainscot of the pulpit’s cone and providing glazed tiles on the both side of the niche have added an orginal pleasure to visual integrity.
There are totally more than 90 windows in the mosque and these are usually concentrating on lateral facade and pulley. 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 eastern cornerstone of 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. On the minaret of the mosque with a single sherefe (minaret balcony), which was built from cut stone, vertical lines exist that the Sinan the Architecture had already used in his works.
There is a madrasa of the complex that has 16 rooms and a classroom that the ceiling was composed of a dome in the inner court of the mosque. In the middle of the court, there is a fountain integrated with the court, which has also artistic value.
Sokollu Mehmet Pasa mosque was the one I was a bit confused to go inside, as old man asked about showing it, but I was just against any tips when visiting mosques, that usually are available to all. As I read, this mosque contains some pieces of sacred Kaaba stone.
Mosque was designed by famous architect Sinan in 1571 and is about to be one of his masterpieces.
We left the area of the Blue Mosque and walked around for a while going through little neighborhoods, and up and down narrow streets. Down a steep hill, We came to the entrance of the Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Camii (Mosque of the Mehmet Pasa). The plain exterior gives no indication of the beauty inside.
After entering the gate, We passed a small cemetery and passed beneath the teaching hall of the medrese. We followed mosque protocol – removed shoes, I covered my head and we went inside.
Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Camii was commissioned by Sokollu Mehmet Pasa, grand vizier to Selim II. It was built in 1571 by master architect Sinan* and is considered one of his most beautiful mosques. Although it isn’t a large mosque, I would definitely agree with that assessment.
The back wall around the carved mihrab is completely covered in fabulous blue-green Iznik tiles. The color of these tiles was magnficent (much more "blue" than those in the Blue Mosque!). The tiles are complemented by six stained-glass windows. This particular wall would turn out to be one of the prettiest parts of any mosque we saw in Istanbul. The top of the minbar is covered with the same tiles.
Photos weren’t allowed but there was a man inside who showed us some of the finer details and told us the meanings of the various roundels, etc. inside. The roundels, inscribed in Arabic, usually have “Allah”, “Mohammed”, etc. written in them. (I found the roundels in all the mosques to be very interesting.) He even showed us four small stars of greenish stone located in different parts of the mosque that he said came from the Kaaba, the holy stone at the center of Mecca. Outside in the small courtyard was a pretty ablutions fountain where we watched two cute local boys "play" washing.
This is one mosque I would highly recommend visiting. The walk from the Sultanahmet area (Blue Mosque area) was not difficult and you can continue on to the Kumkapi Fish Market along the Marmara sea for a snack or meal of very fresh fish.
Hours: sunrise to sunset except during prayer times.
No entrance fee.
No photography inside. Follow mosque protocol. Allow 30 minutes to visit.
*"Sinan was the greatest of Ottoman builders, having designed over 350 buildings and monuments throughout Turkey. His genius lay in his use of proportion. He mastered the use of buttresses and other elements to create vast, open spaces. Some other buildings attributed to him include Suleymaniye and Rusta Pasa mosques, parts of the kitchens at Topkapi, and two of the minarets at Hagia Sophia."
This mosque is tucked away on the hill leading from Cemberlitas tram station to the Kucuk Hagia Sophia Mosque. It was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmet Pasha (husband of one of the granddaughters of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Esmahan. It was built in 1572 and features large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of blue and green floral designs, with panels of calligraphy in white letters on a blue field.
In the old neighbourhood os winding streets below the Hipprodrome/Ate Meydani and Sultanahmet area (where many small hotels are located) is the Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Camii (Mosque). It was built in the 1570s by Sokollu Mehmet Pasa, a grand vizier, and designed by none other than Mimar Sinan. It's not a large mosque, but has fairly sizeable grounds for the cramped area and inside it is amazingly richly decorated withrich, intricate Iznik tile designs, marble, stained-glass windows, and a richly tiled mimbar top. There are also several small pieces of black stone, supposedly from the kaaba itself, set in various spots - above the door, the mimbar, and mihrab. Supposedly, this is the only mosque in Istanbul with kaaba pieces. The inside is really worth a look.
Unfortunately, pictures are apparently not allowed in this mosque.
Tghe website I give below is merely informational, but also can help locate it, etc.
I think this is one of the most beautiful mosques from Istanbul. The wall around the mihrab ( a niche designating the direction to Mecca ) the hat of the minbar ( a high amvon in the nearby of the mihrab where sits the imam during Friday mass and also the walls from the interior are decorated with Iznik faience of a beautiful green-blue nuance.