İskender Pasha Mosque
Kanlıca Team, the most renowned firefighters of Bosphorus, said a Fatiha prayer in front of İskender Pasha’s (the benefactor of the mosque) shrine, picked up their water pump and shouted “Slaves of Iskender Pasha who ruled from khaf to khaf, heeey!” And at each pass, they continued their shouts saying, “stalwart are the slaves of Iskender Pasha!” and proudly announced that the pump they were carrying belonged to the Kanlıca Team. Gazi İskender Pasha was the army judge of Suleiman the Magnificent and ordered the construction of a bath and madrasa known by his name to Sinan the Architect in 1559, along with the mosque.
The mosque took its final shape in the repairs made during the rule of Sultan Abdulhamid in 1890. A timekeeping house and a Children’s School was added to the complex, right beside the tomb in the 19th century by Sadık Rıfat Pasha. During the expansion works of the road connecting Uskudar to Beykoz, the complex was significantly damaged, the bath that survived a fire in 1916, the madrasa at the back of the mosque’s mihrab wall and most of the centuries-old trees around the mosque were destroyed. The Mosque is also the center of Kanlıca Square. İskender Pasha and his son Ahmed Pasha rest in the three-window shrine in front of the mosque.