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Çorakkapı (Taşrakapı) Mosque
You are in Çorakkapı Mosque, also known as Taşrakapı, opposite the historical Basmane Station.
Çorakkapı Mosque does not have an inscription explaining who built it and on what date it was built. It is stated in some sources that the mosque was built between 1746-1747. However, we learn from a endowment dated 15 July 1893 that the mosque was built by Bostani Mahmut Efendi. For this reason, the mosque is also known as Bostanizade Mahmut Ağa.
Once upon a time, there was a large cemetery and madrasa around the mosque. The oldest of about ten tombstones found in the graveyard of the mosque today is dated 1118 Hijri (AD 1706-1707). Although this does not give us information about the construction date of the mosque, it does give an idea of the oldness of the region.
The last congregation place of Çorakkapı Mosque, which is covered with lead and under five domes, is surrounded by a window. The only large dome covering the main space sits on an octagonal drum, and there is a round-arched window on each side. There are three domed side spaces on both sides of this large dome. Its pulpit is made of marble and its elegant minaret is made of cut stone. Columns combined with arches carry the great dome of the main space. The mosque's mihrab is in the form of a niche, and the dome is decorated with motifs.
The last repair of Çorakkapı Mosque was carried out by the General Directorate of Foundations in 2004.