chapter  12
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Around the Mosque of the Conqueror

JusttothewestoftheruinsofthechurchofSt. Polyeukto;:;,whichweexaminedonourlasttour,weccme tothefinecomplexofAmcazadeHUseyinPa~a.recently restored.Thisisoneofthemostelaborateandpicturesque ofthesmallerclassicalcomplexes.ItwasbuiltbyHUseyin Pa§awhilehewasGrandVezir(1697-1702)underMustafa II,andthuscomesattheveryendoftheclassicalperiod. HUseyinFafjawas!:'.cousin(amcazade)ofFazrlAhmet Pa§aoftheableanddistinguishedKoprUlUfamily.The historianvonHammersaysofhim:"Hewasthefourth KoprUlUendowedwiththehighestauthorityoftheEmpir3 andlikehisrelativesheshowedhimselfcapableofsupportingitsweight....AfterhisuncleMehmetKoprUlUtheCruel andhiscousinsAhmettheStatistandMustafatheVirtuous, hewelldeservedthesurnameoftheWise.Unfortunately, heremainedtooshortatimeonthestagewherehishigh

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qualities had placed him, fully capable as he was of retarding if not altogether forestalling the decadence of the Empire, from which he disappeared like a meteor after having given rise to the highest hopes."