Hamza Bey Mosque

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Hamza Bey Mosque
Hamza Mosque, Thessaloniki.JPG
The Mosque
Basic information
Location Greece Thessaloniki, Greece
Affiliation Islam
District Thessaloniki
Province Thessaloniki
Region Aegean Macedonia
Country Greece
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Ottoman architecture
Completed 1460
Specifications
Minaret(s) formerly 1, not preserved
Materials stone and brick

Hamza Bey Mosque is a 15th-century Ottoman Mosque in Thessaloniki, Greece. [1] Modern Thessalonians commonly know it as Alkazar, after a cinema that operated in the premises for decades.

History[edit]

It was built by order of Hafsa Hatun, the daughter of Isa Bey Evrenosoğlu, but named after Hamza Bey, the Beylerbey of Rumeli. It was damaged in later earthquakes and fires and was rebuilt in 1620. Following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the mosque no longer functioned as a religious building and became the property of the National Bank of Greece. It initially housed various military services, and although it was declared a protected monument in 1926, it was sold in 1928 to private owners. The building was subsequently used for several decades as a shopping centre and cinema, and suffered extensive modifications. The mosque was handed over to the Greek Ministry of Culture in 2006, and restoration work has been under way since.

Architecture[edit]

The mosque is covered by one dome, it had one minaret which was removed after 1923.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  • Information in Turkish [2]

Coordinates: 40°38′15″N 22°56′30″E / 40.6375°N 22.9417°E / 40.6375; 22.9417