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The Kucuk Hasan Mosque (or “Yalı Nizami” meaning “seaside mosque”) is the oldest Ottoman building in Crete. It dominates the Venetian harbor of Chania. It was the first mosque built in Crete after the Turkish conquest of the city of Chania in 1649. The mosque was dedicated to Kuçuk Hasan Pasha, the first Turkish military governor of Chania. Recent research by the Archaeological Service has shown that the mosque was built on the site of a small church.
From an architectural point of view, the Kucuk Hasan Mosque is strongly Arabic in style. The mosque is an imposingly large, square building with a great dome supported by four flying arches. The building also has six small domes, but no minaret. The minaret was destroyed during the bombings of World War II. The mosque was a Muslim place of worship until 1923, when the last Muslims left Crete at the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Since then the mosque was used for a variety of purposes (a café, a restaurant, a tourist office). In the past years it was renovated and has become a space for art exhibitions (from www.explorecrete.com/chania).

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