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  • It is known that Kara Bali Bey İbn-i Ahmet who belonged to the offspring of Sheikh Edebali, who was known as the intangible architect of the foundation of the Ottoman Empire, built 1 mosque, 1 caravansary, 1 children’s school and a lodge for his staff in the area where Kara Bali Mosque is now located. The bathhouse is registered in line 346 of page 456 of the book number 629 in the archives of the General Directorate of Foundations. On the other hand, part of the külliye of the mosque does not exist today. The Kara Bali Mosque also holds historical importance. In the telegram by Refik Bey, the local governor of Karamürsel during the War of Independece, sent to the Western Front on November 14th, 1920, it said: “I came to Karamürsel, the general economy of which covers four thousand houses and is bigger than all other towns of the shore, with the Gök Bayrak Battalion. I saw here that men were gathered in the school and in the government office and houses and stores in the bazaar were completely looted. I saw that looted goods were loaded to ships on the shore by Greek soldiers. Also, Kara Bali Mosque was totally destroyed, its lampions were broken and Quran books were violated. Twenty five percent of the town population was picked off and slaughtered.” The dome of the totally destroyed mosque was cleaned by the local people in 1927 after Karamürsel was saved from the enemy invasion (July 4th, 1921) and the first restoration activity which was lifting the roof was carried out by Recep Bayrak who was locally known as “Gimpy” and its internal ornamentation was completed by Süleyman Demirel and Süleyman Akgül from the village of Osmaniye. The walls of the mosque were damaged after the big Marmara earthquake of August 17th, 1999 and its minaret was destroyed. The arrangement of its inner coating was completed in 2004.

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