Bab Gedid Mosque or Eski Mosque (Old Mosque)
The Eski Mosque (Old Mosque) or Bab Gedid Mosque was located on the hill of the citadel of Seraglios in today’s Diagora Square, at the far end of the densely built former Muslim Quarter, in what used to be the Geni Kapou district, where also the road of Halouvazia (pastry shops) ended. It was constructed in the late 16th century and was one of the oldest mosques of Kos. On the eastern side of the mosque, the exterior area had an outdoor fountain for washing before prayer and a small cemetery. The mosque was demolished after the earthquake of 1933, around 1935, except for the minaret, in order to implement the new town plan. The minaret, 11.35 meters in height, with access from inside the mosque was based on an octagonal prism, constructed on the northwestern side of the building and in contact with it. The fountain courtyard, built on the north side of the minaret today, bears an inscription with information about the construction of the mosque: “My fellow man since everything lives thanks to the water, hey don’t you have faith in it ?” (Verse of the Qur’an) to pay homage to the soul of the benefactor who built it, Haji Mustafa Aga and his wife, Mrs Fatma. Constructed in the Year 995 (1586).