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Near the western end of Gazi Mihal Bridge is this Gazi Mihal Mosque. This has an interesting story.

"Kse Mihal (Turkish for 'Michael the Beardless'; 13th century c. 1340) accompanied Osman I in his ascent to power as a bey and founder of the Ottoman Empire. He is considered to be the first significant Byzantine renegade and convert to Islam to enter Ottoman service.

He was also known as Gazi Mihal and Abdullah Mihal Gazi. Kse Mihal was the Byzantine governor of Chirmenkia (Harmankaya, today Harmanky) and was ethnically Greek. His original name was 'Michael Kosses'. The castle of Harmankaya was in the foothills of the Uludağ Mountains in Bilecik, Turkey. Mihal also eventually gained control of Lefke, Mekece and Akhisar.

Even before his conversion to Islam, Mihal had an amicable relationship with the Ottoman leader, Osman Ghazi. He was an ally of Osman and his people in war, and also acted as a leader of the local Greek population. Additionally, he acted as a consultant and diplomatic agent for Osman I. The sources describing the reason behind Mihal's change of faith vary. One tradition emphasises the influence exerted by his friendship with Osman Ghazi, whilst another describes him having experienced a significant dream which convinced him to become a Muslim. His conversion is thought to have occurred between 1304 and 1313. As a Muslim, he was known as Kse Mihal 'Abd Allah (Abdullah), Abdullah being a name commonly adopted by converts.

Up to the conquest of Bursa in 1326, Kse Mihal played an important role as a diplomatic advisor and envoy of Orhan I, the son and successor of Osman Ghazi. Kse Mihal was the first important Christian renegade to become an Ottoman subject, and he played a significant role in the creation of the Ottoman state. Kse Mihal's descendants, known as the Mihaloğlu, were famous, particularly in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were a politically and militarily successful family of Ottoman dignitaries in Rumelia.

Ghazi Mihal Bey was a grandson of Kse Mihal. Ghazi Mihal Bey built a now ruined mosque complex, with an Imaret and Hamam, in Edirne, which was completed in 1422. The cemetery adjoining the complex holds the tomb of Ghazi Mihal Bey." (Gleaned from Wikipedia)

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 23.2 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/1000
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 3800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-29 09:36
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 1450 kb
GPS: 41.675896848912615, 26.5404097036432

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