Residents of Trikala in central Greece vented their anger at the doors of a 5-century-old mosque as a “retaliation” for the decision of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
According to local media trikalanews, a group of citizens went to the mosque and threw stones at the entrance doors of Osman Shah Mosque, also known as Kursum mosque.
The Municipality of Trikala has been informed about the incident, as well as the Police Directorate of Trikala, which has undertaken the difficult task of finding the perpetrators, as well as to prevent that similar actions take place, the local media notes.
The ottoman mosque was built in 16th-century and was designed by the famous Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan, who was most possible a Greek from Cappadocia. It is the only mosque Sinan designed in Greece.
The mosque opened its doors in 1570.
It was the principal mosque in Trikala during the Ottoman occupation.
The mosque was commissioned by Osman Shah, also known as Kara Osman Pasha, who was the son of one of Sultan Selim I’s daughters and the executed vizier İskender Pasha (died 1515). Osman Shah for a long time dwelt in Trikala as the governor of the local province, the Sanjak of Trikala.
The building consists of a square prayer hall topped by a large 18 metres diameter semi-spherical dome. The portico (revak) in front, was completely rebuilt in the renovations carried out in 1998. The ashlar minaret is located on the northwestern corner and is well preserved, except for its missing roof.
All other buildings attached to the mosque such as a school (madrasah), an alms house and a caravanserai have since vanished, except for the founder’s octagonal tomb (türbe), which is used as a storage site for artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations.
The Osman Shah mosque is no longer used for worship; it now functions as a venue for minor events and is a protected UNESCO site.