Streets of Kasım Paşa: Minaret Lost Amidst Concrete

Minaret surrounded by nondescript concrete structures, Kasım Paşa, Istanbul, 2012. (Fuji X100) Click to enlarge.

Minaret surrounded by nondescript concrete structures, Kasım Paşa, Istanbul, 2012. (Fuji X100) Click to enlarge.

The minaret of a small mosque is hidden amidst a forest of unadorned concrete structures built with minimal investments and maximum yields in mind, probably during the 1960s or 70s.  Many such buildings only barely pass present-day vetting for earthquake resilience.  The tall structure in the center probably owes its improbable form to being built on the plot of a razed characteristically-narrow 19th-century low-rise structure.  The ensemble created by these unattractive buildings, however, has an undeniable, albeit harsh, beauty of its own.

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