Monday, August 26, 2013

Mehmet Aga Mosque, Rhodes

The Mehmet Aga Mosque is located on the first floor of a building in the Rhodes Old Town, on the Greek Island of Rhodes. Its oblique position, in comparison to Socratous St. (facing towards Mecca) led to the angular projection of the mosque which is supported by a column that can be seen in the middle of the street. The wooden minaret has a roofed balcony that ends up to a stoned stairway. The view is exceptional from the top. The exterior look of the building was based on the same architecture as the byzantine mansions built in the 18th century. It suffered severe damages in 1863 from earthquakes and was repaired in 1875. New repairs were made in 1948 after the 1944 bombings. These last repairs also altered the interior decorations. The last restorations took place in 2004.

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