Lost

Such a city İstanbul is with her immense character and deep culture. She has been decorated with unique architectural jewels. Some are still dominant while some have faded away into the abyss of history. Not a day passes when I discover another uniqueness of her. A corner unknown, an architectural vestige, remains of a culture. As I always say she is a gem, an edged beauty standing still all through time as we know it.

Here is a lost wooden mosque that is credited to Italian Raimondo D’Aronco. He is the architect who has brought Art Nouveau style of tectonic architectural touch to her, our İstanbul. It’s now part of her heritage with some remaining and some lost. The lost architectural gem here is from Karaköy. An avant-garde Art Nouveau style which was the style of cosmopolitan urban elite. This lovely structure was built in 1903 but dismantled in 1958.

This mosques marked the Karaköy Square while it stood. It was built from scratch where once a tiny mosque existed. It was a heptagonal shaped mosque with a wooden minaret which was build during the reign of Abdülhamit the 2nd.

Raimondo D’Aronco Karaköy Mosque
Raimondo D’Aronco Karaköy Mosque

While it stood erected on the square it was loved by the public and admired by travellers because of its unique beauty. Unfortunately it was dismantled during the massive makeup intention for modernisation of the city.

It was planned to be transferred to Kınalıada to be colligated once again. But during the short trip the ship lost her cargo forever. Only one piece of the cargo was saved and its in display in Kınalıada.

The mosque designed by D’Aranco was a victim of eager modernity expectation. Unfortunately the square lost its prominence due to following recreations and tram route. Now the place of the mosque is empty that means this masterpiece is destroyed unnecessarily like some of very unique gems of the city. These photos are all that remains of this impeccable structure.

Raimondo D’Aronco Karaköy Mosque
Raimondo D’Aronco Karaköy Mosque
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