Hamza Bey Mosque

Hamza Bey Mosque is a 15th-century Ottoman Mosque in Thessaloniki, Greece. [1] Modern Thessalonians commonly known it as Alkazar, after a cinema that operated in the premises for decades.

Hamza Bey Mosque
Hamza Mosque, Thessaloniki.JPG
The Mosque
Religion
AffiliationIslam
DistrictThessaloniki
ProvinceThessaloniki
RegionCentral Macedonia
Location
LocationGreece Thessaloniki, Greece
Architecture
TypeMosque
StyleIslamic, Ottoman architecture
Completed1460
Specifications
Minaret(s)formerly 1, not preserved
Materialsstone and brick

HistoryEdit

It was built by order of Hafsa Hatun, the daughter of Isa Bey Evrenosoğlu, but named after Hamza Bey, the Beylerbey of Rumeli. It was damaged in later earthquakes and fires and was rebuilt in 1620. Following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the mosque no longer functioned as a religious building and became the property of the National Bank of Greece. It initially housed various military services, and although it was declared a protected monument in 1926, it was sold in 1928 to private owners. The building was subsequently used for several decades as a shopping centre and cinema, and suffered extensive modifications. The mosque was handed over to the Greek Ministry of Culture in 2006, and restoration work has been under way since.

ArchitectureEdit

The mosque is covered by one dome, it had one minaret which was removed after 1923.

ReferencesEdit

  • Information in Turkish [2]

Coordinates: 40°38′15″N 22°56′30″E / 40.6375°N 22.9417°E / 40.6375; 22.9417