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Uzbek Lodge or Ozbekler Tekkesi Istanbul

Uzbek Lodge or Ozbekler Tekkesi Istanbul
From the exit on the right side of the courtyard at Sokollu Mehmed Pasa Mosque you will find Uzbek Lodge that was originally built in 1692 and completely rebuilt again in 1887.  The minaret of this purple coloured tekke (Sufi lodge) stands right above its entrance and is believed to have been erected as a guesthouse for dervishes and clergy visiting from Central Asia.  

The lodge is associated with Sheikh Sadık Efendi, who died in 1846, and who passed on to his sons his expertise of paper marbling (ebru) that he had studied in his home town of Bukhara.  The art of ebru has existed in Turkey since the 16th century and the marbling effect is made by transferring layers of paint from the surface
of a sticky solution to paper and then using a horsehair brush and small combs to create patterns in the colour.  This art lost its popularity but has recently been rediscovered and you can see artisans creating this work in the Caferağa Medresesi or Kabasakal Medresesi.  
Uzbek Lodge was restored in 2008 and is now an arts and crafts school.

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