Fatih Leblebici Mosque which was destroyed in the fire experienced a hundred years ago in Fatih has been opened to worship again following the reconstruction works carried by the General Directorate of Foundations.
Fatih Leblebici Mosque which was destroyed in great Fatih fire experienced in 1918 and then disappear completely during the course of the road expansion studies has been resurrected with the reconstruction works carried by the General Directorate of Foundations and with the support of Fatih Municipality. Today, Leblebici Mosque has been opened to worship again with ceremony held after Friday prayer.
Hasan Suver, Fatih Municipality’s Deputy Mayor, Mürsel Sarı, 1st Regional Director of Istanbul General Directorate of Foundations and a large number of citizens participated in the ceremony held in company with prayers. After the opening ceremony, the Fatih municipal teams distributed food to the citizens who participated in the ceremony and prayers.
Hasan Suver, Fatih Municipality’s Vice Mayor, gave an address in the opening ceremony and said, “Fatih is the capital city of three civilizations. These are Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. After conquering this region, our ancestors started major reconstruction activities in order to islamicize this region and to make it the capital of our civilization quickly. I mean, this region has continued to develop with a long conquering movement. Within this period, many mosques have been brought to life. Of course, these mosques were damaged by earthquakes and fires over time. This mosque is one of them. Thank god, we have reunited the mosque with the community by the cooperation of foundations and Fatih municipality charitable. The important thing is the survival of the civilizations. The values should necessarily be experienced and transferred to the future to sustain civilizations.”
Mürsel Sarı, 1st Regional Director of Istanbul General Directorate of Foundations said, “The work we have opened today is a work made in 1499. It is a work made by Ahizade Cüneyd Tokadi hazretleri. It continued its activity as a mosque until 1918, but it was largely devastated by the great Fatih fire in 1918 and the rest of it was completely removed during road expansion studies and remained so until 1912. In 1912, projecting studies were initiated by signing a protocol between Ahizade Association and our Regional Directorate of Foundations. After projecting with the support of our Ministers of Culture and with the support of our Fatih municipalities, a charitable association has revived this building.”
“We have restored 5,000 works across the country for 15 years”
Sarı said “we, as a foundation management, have actually restored 5,000 works across the country for about 15 years” and added “We currently have around 55 building sites in Istanbul. From these to the selatin mosques, I hope we will start works in Blue Mosque as well as Beyazıt Mosque. We are really trying to be deserving of our ancestors by carrying out restorations in many works such as Yeni Mosque, Rüstempaşa Mosque in Eminönü and Cihangir Mosque.”