Tzisdarakis Mosque (o Moschea della Fontana di sotto), Athens

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Tzistarakis Mosque is an Ottoman mosque, built in 1759, in Monastiraki Square, central Athens, Greece. It is now functioning as an annex of the Museum of Greek Folk Art.
The mosque was built in 1759, by the Ottoman governor of Athens, Mustapha Agha Tzistarakis. According to tradition, Tzistarakis used one of the pillars of the Temple of Olympian Zeus to make lime for the building, although it is more likely that he used one of the columns of the nearby Hadrian's Library. This act led to his dismissal as the Turks considered it a sacrilege which would cause vengeful spirits to be loosened upon the city, a superstition that some Athenians believed to have been confirmed when there was an outbreak of the plague later in the year.
The mosque was also known as the "Mosque of the Lower Fountain" (Τζαμί του Κάτω Σιντριβανιού) or "Mosque of the Lower Market" (Τζαμί του Κάτω Παζαριού) from its proximity to the Ancient Agora of Athens. During the Greek War of Independence, the building was used as an assembly hall for the local town elders. After Greek independence, it was used in various ways: thus it was the site of a ball in honour of King Otto of Greece in March 1834, and was also employed as a barracks, a prison and a storehouse.
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  • Undoubtedly fascinating, dominates Monastiraki square and is the symbol. Too bad for the underlying degradation...
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  • An Ottoman mosque which is located at the side of the metro entrance in the elevated position of the Monastiraki Square, unfortunately it struck me that the floors at the street level are rented out to tourist shops, poorly cared to tell the truth.
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  • A nice place in the Monastiraki square to take some good photos. Easy to access from the square. Many attractions also around.
  • Days to visit the market. The building is obscured, so it does not look very interesting.
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