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Manisa 5953.jpg
19-MAR-2007

Manisa 5953.jpg

The mosque was commissioned by Tekeli Lala Mehmet Paşa, who was ‘Lala’ (tutor) to the future Mehmed III before becoming Grand Vizier in 1595, ten months after his pupil ascended to the throne. Unfortunately, he died suddenly, only ten days after this appointment…
Unlike his nickname ‘Tekeli’ suggests, he was not from the Teke-region (Antalya), but was born in a Saruhanlı (Manisa) family of ‘Eyalet Askerleri’ (local militia).

The prayer hall measures 9,90 x 9,90 m; the porch is somewhat wider (about 13 m).

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: Website of ‘Manisafx’ .
A notice in Turkish read:

Muhakkak suretli Mehmet Paşa bu camii Cenab-ı Hakka mülaki ve yakın olmak kaydı ile çok katı ve sağlam malı bina etti. Canab-ı Hak cennet bahçeleri makamatını yüksek olarak baki ve ebedi kılsın. Vassaf ismindeki zat bu camiin tarihini bu şehirde şerefli ve ali olmak üzere binasını baki kılsın. (Cami un ala fişerifil belet) cümlesinden ebcet harfleri hesabı ile hicri 977 tarihi çıkmaktadır. M. 1569.

Could anyone translate the essentials?

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ilker Basaran 21-Dec-2007 21:30
Since I'm from Manisa, and visit your website every now and then, I'd like to give a try to translate the text under picture [Manisa 5953.jpg].

In order to be closer to God (Cenab-ı Hakk), Mehmet Pasha had this mosque built in a very strong and solid way with very high quality material. May God (Canab-ı Hak) make his place in Heaven high and eternal. [The sentence starting with Vassaf doesn't make much sense so I'll interpolate a little] A person named Vassaf wrote the history of this mosque to receive honor and respect in this city. With a special calculation (ebcet calculation) the sentence [Cami un ala fişerifil belet] reveals the date 1569 A.D. or 977 A.H. (after the year of the Hegira)

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Muhakkak suretli Mehmet Paşa bu camii Cenab-ı Hakka mülaki ve yakın olmak kaydı ile çok katı ve sağlam malı bina etti. Canab-ı Hak cennet bahçeleri makamatını yüksek olarak baki ve ebedi kılsın. Vassaf ismindeki zat bu camiin tarihini bu şehirde şerefli ve ali olmak üzere binasını baki kılsın. (Cami un ala fişerifil belet) cümlesinden ebcet harfleri hesabı ile hicri 977 tarihi çıkmaktadır. M. 1569.