Murat Paşa Camiisi (Murat Pasa Mosque)

The Murat Paşa Mosque, located in the Aksaray Meydan, was commissioned by Has Murat Paşa and built between the years 1465-1471.

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Fatih, Turgut Özal Cad, 34091 Keçihatun, İstanbul

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The Murat Paşa Mosque, located in the Aksaray Meydan, was commissioned by Has Murat Paşa and built between the years 1465-1471. Its walls were built of brick and cut stone. It was originally built as a mosque complex however today only the mosque and a portion of its treasury remain.

Typical of the early Ottoman period, its style is heavily influenced by the architecture found in Bursa, the first Ottoman capital. The mosque has two domes and two rows of windows to provide lighting.

Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. It comes from the Arabic word 'masjid' which literally means "a place for prostration". Mosques are also places where Muslims come together for different purposes such as education, social gatherings, public meetings, exhibitions, lectures etc. Although there is no specific requirement for mosques in terms of their architecture, one can see some common features inside and outside of many mosques such as minarets, domes, ablution areas, prayer niche (mihrab), pulpit (minbar) and so on.

Muslims are obliged to perform the ritual worship 5 times a day. They are not required to attend a mosque for each of these prayers however in order to interact with the community they are encouraged to pray in congregation. Friday noon is the only time in a week when Muslims must definitely join the congregational prayer in a mosque after which they can continue their work, education or other commitments.

Azan or the call for prayer is a vocal announcement that one can hear from minarets 5 times a day. The call to prayer is made live -even early in the morning- by a person called 'muazzin'. The muazzins are usually chosen from people with loud and beautiful voices and trained over years to make this announcement beautifully and invite people to worship.
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