The Sultan Mosque built in year 1522 by Hafsa Sultan, the mother of Süleyman the magnificent and wife to Sultan Selim is within the complex of the buildings adjacent to the mosque. Everyone could to have a bath in the hammam of the complex free of charge and the poor was given food at the alms house. Various diseases were treated in the Darussifa – the hospital of the complex.
The mesir paste consisting of 41 types of ingredients many of them being the spices prepared by Merkez Effendi, the first governor of Darussifa healed Hafsa Sultan who could not be cured by the physicians of the palace. Thus, the paste became very famous. This paste which bears the fame of a medicine in the public and is preferred persistently was handed out to people by time.
According to the widespread belief among the public those who eat this paste on Nevruz Festival does not have any kind of pain or ache and are protected from snake beats for one year. At present, mesir paste scattering ceremony which is a part of the festivity program starting on the 21st of March catch the attention of both domestic and foreign tourists.