Küçük Mecidiye Mosque
mecidiye Mosque. Both Garabet Balyan and Nigoğos Balyan were members of the notable Armenian Balyan Family, who served the Ottoman Dynasty for five generations between the 18th and 19thth century as the Kaaba is consecrated by Muslims. Teşrifiye literally means being crowned with. As with all other Ottoman Mosques, Küçük mecidiye Mosque is part of an Ottoman Social Complex with identical names. A madrasah, caravansary and an elementary school were located near the mosque as well. The caravansary used to host the soldiers who crossed to the Asian Side. The Küçük Mecidiye Mosque is also known as the Misafir Mosque because, the Çırağan neighborhood that houses the mosque, does not include any settlements – “Misafir” literally means guest. However, neither the caravansary nor the other buildings endured today except the mosque itself.
The Küçük Mecidiye Mosque was designed in a baroque style with only one minaret. The mosque itself takes about 400 meters-square space. With its courtyard, the mosque takes approximately 1600 meters-square space. On the entrance door of courtyard, there are both a construction epitaph that belongs to the Poet Ziver Pasha, written by Mustafa İzzet Effendi, and the Sultan Abdülmecid's Signature.