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14 November 2014  |  0 comment  |  Zeynep Bakir

The lost mosque

Don’t say that a mosque cannot get lost, it sometimes does…

The lost mosque

Back in the day, there was a mosque at the area behind Ziraat Bank at the quay-side square of Karaköy, called Karaköy Mosque. The small mosque built by Raimondo d’Aronco was in the Art Neuveau style. It resembled the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus with its octagonal minaret. Unfortunately, there are no photos showing details of the mosque.

The ‘new construction plan’ works led by Fahrettin Kerim and Henry Prost were sped up at the Adnan Menderes period, and this mosque and many other buildings were demolished.

According to unclarified historical information, the mosque was to be moved to Kınalıada in parts, but the ship sank on the way, and the mosque went down into Marmara Sea. Stones of the mosque, they were used as mortar for Heybeliada Quay. As for plaques, carpets, chandeliers and historical prayer rugs within the mosque were never to be seen again.

*Quoted from the book called ‘İstanbul’un 100 Camisi’ prepared by Kültür A.Ş. 

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