The Foundation Monuments of Koprulu Mehmet Pasha in Jisr-esh Shughur in Idlib, Syria

Topcu S. M.

BILIG, sa.60, ss.237-256, 2012 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Dergi Adı: BILIG
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.237-256


This study focuses on the Menzil Kulliye, built in the town of Jisr-esh Shughur in Idlip, Syria by Koprulu Mehmet Pasha, who was the founder of the Koprulu family and who stood out with his construction activities in the second half of the seventeenth century. Based on the historical resources and Koprulu Mehmet Pasha's endowment, it can be confirmed that the Kulliye was composed of a castle, a caravanserai, a bath, a mosque, a masjid and a primary school. The fieldwork conducted in the region has shown that the bath and the mosque remain undamaged, that the caravanserai remains with only its entrance gate and that the remaining monuments have not survived to the present day. This article attempts to introduce these identified monuments in detail and understand their status in Ottoman architecture. In addition, based on historical records, the article identifies the sources of funding enabling the functioning of the Kulliye and provides information about the officials employed in this complex.