Köse Hüsrev Paşa Camii
Van, Türkiye

Köse Hüsrev Paşa Camii stands in the ruins of the old city of Van, close to the southern stretch of its surrounding wall. The mosque's namesake was an Ottoman governor who commissioned the mosque from Mimar Sinan. Its foundation inscription dates the completion of the building to 968 AH (1567-1568 CE). The mosque was part of a complex that included a madrasa, a hospice, a caravanserai, a bath house, and an elementary school. A mausoleum was constructed after the patron's death in 1571 and is dated to 996 AH (1587-1588 CE).

The mosque consists of a domed cube, once fronted on its north side by a five-portico porch. The walls are built of stone masonry in alternating red and white courses. The dome rests on a cylindrical drum supported with flying buttresses. The minaret rests on a square base on the northwestern corner of the building and rises in a cylindrical shaft to a muqarnas gallery, and then in smaller cylindrical shaft to a conical roof. The mausoleum of the mosque's patron is a vaulted octagonal building attached to the eastern wall of the mosque near its southern corner. It has a door on its northeastern face and a window on the remaining seven faces.

The prayer hall would have originally featured a muqarnas-hooded mihrab and tile revetments composed of hexagonal tiles.


Necipoğlu, Gülru. The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire, 460-462. London: Reaktion Books, 2005.

Van, Türkiye
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mausoleum 1587-1588/995-996 AH
destroyed 1915/1333 AH
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Köse Hüsrev Pasa Mosque
Köse Hüsrev Pasa Camii
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