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Mahmet Ağa Mosque

This is, in a street named after the mosque, is the Mahmet Ağa Mosque. The mosque was built for Hacı Mehmed Ağa in 1585, Chief of the Black Eunuchs under Murat III. It is one of a few buildings that can (because of an inscription on site) be attributed to Davut Ağa, Sinans successor as Chief Architect to the sultan. It has a dome of 11 meters, resting on an octagonal base. It’s surrounded by quarter domes in the corners and a half dome over the mihrab niche. Tiles are attributed to Iznik or Kütahya, and are very good. So much so that, when I asked the Imam about an empty space and suggested the tiles that should be there were being restored, he answered “They’re in Bagdad”. I understood they were stolen. During restorations some of its pillars were changed. I felt very lucky to have visited the mosque that was closed right after I left (I had waited for a service to end, increasingly mosques are closed off prayer times).

In the neighbouring Mahmet Ağa Hamam (Bathhouse) street there is a bathhoouse, I took pictures of it and its heater.
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