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Tomarza (District Municipality, Turkey)

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[Flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 23 February 2022

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The flag of Tomarza is white with logo.

Tomislav Šipek, 23 February 2022

The municipality of Tomarza (22,8080 inhabitants in 2018; 148,500 ha) is located 50 km south-east of Kayseri.

The logo features the central mosque and muftuluk building of Tomarza, which was erected at the end of the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II (1876-1908).
An inscription dates the construction of the mosque to 1906, to replace the Hac Huseyin Mosque built in 1745, after its collapse. Following the plan of the famous Green Tomb or Mosque in Iznik, the mosque attracts attention with its portal arranged in neo-classical and empire style and its embroidered window order with colored stones.
The two-storeyed muftuluk building with circular plan was built in 1904 to the west of the mosque. The upper floor of the muftuluk building projects out from the facade and gives a special elegance to this piece of architecture. The monumental gate of the mosque protruding like a portal on the other hand, gives the design of the muftuluk building its unique character, besides creating the inviting entrance. This is found to be very similar to the entrance block of the guest house at Surp Asvadzadzin Monastery, which unfortunately did not reach the present date.
Yıldıray Özbek. 2011. Kayseri Tomarza'da II. Abdülhamid döneminde inşa edilmiş iki yapı: Merkez camisi ve müftülük binas. METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture 28, 55-68

Ivan Sache, 14 March 2022