Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Located in North Cyprus, the Lal Musafa Mosque was built between 1298 - 1400. In 1328, it was declared as a Christian Cathedral. However; during the reign of the Ottoman Empire the mosque was converted into a mosque. During Ottoman attacks in 1571 the building was damaged, and this damage was exacerbated by earthquakes that followed in 1735. Muslim architects removed all art in the mosque that contained human figures, and elements such as the mihrab and minaret were added. Altars were demolished any stained glass containing human depictions were removed.\

The building is still used as a mosque today and many refer to the mosque as a rare example of pure Gothic architecture since few restorations and additions proceeded the changes made during the Ottoman Empire

Lala Mustafa Mosque

Useful facts:

  • Named the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in 1954
  • Contains 3 large doorways with vast amounts of carved stone
  • All aspects of Gothic tracery was preserved when it was redesigned by the Ottomans
  • Designed in Rayonnant Gothic style
  • Design is thought to mimic Rheims Cathedral in Paris
  • 55 meters long, 23 meters wide

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