Mosque of Shitta Bey

Mosque of Shitta Bey

Lagos, Nigeria, Nigeria

Religious Architecture

The mosque of Shitta Bey must have been commissioned by Mohammed Shitta, bey of the Ottoman Empire (...) built by “Brazilian” masons and carpenters. Satisfied with their work, he thank them publicly and granted them a reward (Lagos Standard, 13.12.1895)”. It is located on Martin Street, and was built by João Baptista da Costa, certainly in the late 19th century. The ground-floor front has six bays, with a curved lintel following a classical model, but with a vernacular treatment. The façade is topped by a triangular pediment, bordered by curvilinear elements. It is marked by seven semi-detached columns/pinnacles, which cross it from top to bottom.

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