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Çorlulu Ali Paşa Mosque

The complex of Ali Paşa of Çorlu holds (somewhere in the cemetery) a rather grueling item: the head of the founder, brought to Istanbul after it was severed from his body in 1711 on the island of Mytilene on the orders of Ahmet III. He had been son-in-law of Ahmet II and Grand-Vezir of Ahmet III. The complex where at least his head rests (my source, Strolling through Istanbul, does not refer to the body) belongs to a transitional period between classical and baroque styles. The guidebook states “The only very obvious baroque features are the capitals of the columns of the porch”. I was mainly struck by the crowds who gather in the other buildings (than the mosque) for tea, coffee, water pipes and to maybe buy some of the many carpets and similar souvenirs sold here.

Concerning the founder the Wikipedia has "he married Emine Sultana (daughter of the late sultan Mustafa II) and gained the title damat (Turkish: groom) to the Ottoman dynasty.

These fortunate events came to an end, however, when Charles XII of Sweden sought refuge in Ottoman lands after his defeat at the Battle of Poltava. Peter I of Russia tried to follow him into Ottoman lands, and Charles persuaded the Ottoman government to declare war on Russia. Ali Pasha wasn't able to follow a consistent policy, and the Swedish ambassador accused him of accepting bribes from the Russians. On 15 June 1710, he was dismissed and appointed as the governor of Feodosiya (in modern Ukraine). But before he was able to reach his new office, the sultan changed his mind and exiled Ali Pasha to the island of Lesbos (in modern Greece), where he was then executed."
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