Balaban Aga Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

Balaban Aga Mosque

Balaban Aga Mosque (full name in Turkish: Balaban A─ča Mescidi, where mescit is the Turkish word for a small mosque) was a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, converted from a former Byzantine building. Its usage during the Byzantine era is unclear. The small edifice - pulled down in 1930 to open a new road - was a minor example of architecture of the Byzantine early period in Constantinople.

The structure was located in Istanbul, in the district of Fatih, in the neighborhood of Balabana─ča, in the middle of today's Harikzadeler Sokak, the road whose opening caused the demolition of the building. The edifice lay between the mosque of Laleli and the road that goes from the Mosque of Beyazit to the Gate of Edirne.

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