Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque

The Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque or Gazi Ahmed Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Kara Ahmet Paşa Camii) is a 16th-century Ottoman mosque near the city walls in Istanbul, Turkey. It was designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan and completed in around 1572.

Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque
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AffiliationSunni Islam
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque is located in Istanbul Fatih
Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque
Location within the Fatih district of Istanbul
Geographic coordinates41°01′16″N 28°55′45″E / 41.02111°N 28.92917°E / 41.02111; 28.92917Coordinates: 41°01′16″N 28°55′45″E / 41.02111°N 28.92917°E / 41.02111; 28.92917
Architect(s)Mimar Sinan
Completedc. 1572
Dome dia. (outer)12.0 m (39.4 ft)
Materialsashlar masonry
Cross section and plan of the mosque published by Cornelius Gurlitt in 1912


The mosque was commissioned by Kara Ahmed Pasha who was married to Fatma Sultan, a daughter of Selim I. He became grand vizier under Suleiman the Magnificent in 1553 but was executed by strangulation two years later in 1555. The mosque was planned in around 1555 but only constructed between 1565 and 1571–72 after the pasha had been fully exonerated.[1]


The courtyard is surrounded by the cells of a medrese and a dershane, or main classroom. Attractive apple green and yellow tiles grace the porch, while blue and white ones are found on the east wall of the prayer hall. These tiles date from the mid 16th century. The 12 m (39 ft) diameter dome is supported by six red granite columns. Of the three galleries, the wooden ceiling under the west one is elaborately painted in red, blue, gold and black.[1] The mosque is last imperial building in Istanbul to be decorated with expressly designed cuerda seca tilework. Later buildings were decorated with tiles that were painted under a clear glaze.[2]


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  1. ^ a b Necipoğlu 2005, pp. 377–384.
  2. ^ Atasoy & Raby 1989, p. 220.


  • Atasoy, Nurhan; Raby, Julian (1989). Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey. London: Alexandra Press. ISBN 978-1-85669-054-6.
  • Necipoğlu, Gülru (2005). The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire. London: Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1-86189-253-9.

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