Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ÇORLULU ALİ PASHA MADRASA

Beyazıt, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'32.1"N 28°58'04.5"E / 41.008917, 28.967917

Corlulu Ali Pasha Madrasa / Beyazit - Fatih photo corluluali_madrasa116.jpg

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Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresi is a historic location in the university neighborhood of Beyazit and is popular with students who still come to hang out here from the nearby universities. The 300-year-old Medrese was a religious school and dervish lodge during the Ottoman times, before becoming a bustling bazaar area in the mid-20th century. The complex, resembles the classical style, and is one of the important examples of the transition period to the Baroque style.

Today it is an oasis for locals and tourists alike who are seeking relaxing refuge from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Grand Bazaar area. There are wooden tables and chairs in the shaded courtyard area, Iznik-tiled table tops, mosaic lamps dangling from the ceiling and carpets hanging on the walls.

The lodge (Tekke) was called ‘Evvel’ and the madrasah was named ‘Sani’ when the lodge, inside the complex, was converted into a madrasah in the 18th century. Çorlulu Ali Pasha Madrasah complex in Istanbul's historic Çemberlitaş district, said the madrasah, built in 1711 but were damaged during the earthquake of 1894 as other complex buildings. The priority for restoration was given to the mosque. The madrasah was used for some time to house people who had lost their houses during the fire of 1918.

The madrasah, which was used as a dormitory for a short time after its restoration in 1964, was later transformed into shops selling tourist souvenirs. It is a favorite hang-out spot for many university students, who come here to pass the time over a glass of Turkish tea or an aromatic cup of Turkish coffee whilst enjoying the fragrant smoke of a hookah (also called nargile or water pipe). Apple and mint or rose and mint are recommended tobacco flavors for the hookah and in winter the warming and comforting winter drink of sahlep is also much loved.

It has also become a popular tourist location to sample this tradition of Turkey and the Middle East and is rich in atmosphere with the light haze of hookah tobacco and the musical tinkling of teaspoons in Turkish tea glasses. It is a favorite hang-out spot for many university students, who come here to pass the time over a glass of Turkish tea or an aromatic cup of Turkish coffee whilst enjoying the fragrant smoke of a hookah (also called nargile or water pipe).

Apple and mint or rose and mint are recommended tobacco flavors for the hookah and in winter the warming and comforting winter drink of sahlep is also much loved. It has also become a popular tourist location to sample this tradition of Turkey and the Middle East and is rich in atmosphere with the light haze of hookah tobacco and the musical tinkling of teaspoons in Turkish tea glasses.

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