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This is one of the most important monuments of the town of Trikala, the Kursun Mosque or Oshman Shah Mosque. The first of the two names comes from the turkish work "kursun" that means "led" and that's because its magnificent dome is made of led. The other name, comes from the "sponsor", Oshman Shah pasha, whose cenotaph or Mauseleum is right behind the mosque. According to a local legend, Oshman Shah was hunted and wounded when he arrived at Trikala and when he got healed, decided to built this mosque, to thank his God.

All that happened around mid- 16th century. The designer of the mosque was Sinan Mimar, a famous architect, who was considered the oriental equivalent to Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. Sinan Mirar was muslim but of greek origins. His parents were Greek Orthodox, from the region of Kaisareia, Anatolia, then part of the Ottoman Empire, today part of Turkey. Many fabulous buildings all around the eastern Mediterranean, were designed by Sinan Mimar.

The Mosque, one of the most beautiful in Greece, was recently restored with funds by the European Union.

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