Lala Paşa Camii

Mosque in Erzurum

Erzurum's first Ottoman-era mosque was built by Lala Mustafa Paşa, general and grand vizier under Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, in 1562. Its plan is the same as that of several large İstanbul mosques of the time: a large central dome and four smaller corner domes. The interior is adorned with some beautiful, intricate Koranic calligraphy, and plant-motif and geometric designs.