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The Kilic Ali Pasha Complex is a group of buildings designed by Mimar Sinan and built between 1580 and 1587.
It is located in the Tophane district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is named after Kılıç Ali Paşa.
It consists of a mosque, a medrese, a hamam, a türbe, and a sebil. Originally, it had been on the coastline, but since the sea in front of it has been filled, it is now surrounded by other buildings. The mosque of the complex has been famous for its resemblance to Hagia Sophia since its construction.

Uluj Ali (Turkish: Uluç Ali Reis, later Uluç Ali Paşa and finally Kılıç Ali Paşa; original Italian name Giovanni Dionigi Galeni) was an Italian-born Muslim corsair, who later became an Ottoman admiral and Chief Admiral (Kaptan-ı Derya) of the Ottoman Fleet in the 16th century.
He was also known by several other names in the Christian countries of the Mediterranean, and in the literature also appears under various names. He was often, especially in Italy, referred to as Occhiali, and Miguel de Cervantes called him Uchali in chapter XXXIX of his Don Quixote de la Mancha. Elsewhere he was simply called Ali Pasha. John Wolf, in his The Barbary Coast, refers to him as Euldj Ali.

Ali was born in 1519 as Giovanni Dionigi Galeni, the son of seaman Birno Galeni and his wife Pippa de Cicco, in the village of La Castella in Calabria, Italy. His father wanted him to receive a religious education, but on 29 April 1536, Giovanni was captured by Ali Ahmed, one of the corsair captains of Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha, and was forced to serve as a galley slave. After several years, he converted to Islam and joined the corsairs. This was by no means unusual; many Muslim corsairs in this period were converts from Christian lands

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  • Written Oct 9, 2007
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