Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Complex is a work of Mimar Sinan, located on the Martyr Mehmet Pasha slope in Kadırga, Istanbul, and consists of a mosque and a social complex. It is considered one of Sinan’s most beautiful works. It was built in 1571 on behalf of Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, who served as grand vizier to three sultans.

The social complex, which was built between streets consisting of steep slopes on different levels, also benefited from this difficulty in terms of plan. The courtyard of the social complex, which can be entered from three streets and three different elevations, can be reached by stairs, creating a richness that is not often seen. There is a marble fountain in the courtyard. There are sections of the madrasa around it. There are also Iznik tiles and original hand-carved works in the mosque.

The fourth side of the courtyard is the mosque itself, which is designed as a hexagon inscribed in a rectangle, topped by a dome with four small semi-domes in the corners. The dome is 13 metres (43 ft) in diameter and 22.8 metres (75 ft) high. The ablution fountain in the courtyard has twelve columns supporting an onion shaped dome. The single minaret is placed at the northeast corner of the mosque.

It is one of the mosques bearing Sokollu Mehmet Pasha’s name in two places in Istanbul. The other mosque is Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Azapkapı.

Address: Küçük Ayasofya, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

Architect: Mimar Sinan

Opened: 1541

Architectural style: Ottoman architecture

Working hours:

Wednesday Open 24 hours
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Tuesday Open 24 hours

Materials: Granite, Marble
Phone: +90 212 524 64 10
Minaret(s): 1

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