various mosques, Istanbul
Before heading to Istanbul I have heard a story (hard to tell true or not), that mosques in Islam world are build in a principle that everyone could hear the voices of muezzin. So, by such logic the net of mosques could be very frequent.
Istanbul proved that mosques are in every corner, small or big ones, some you could recognize just because of spire. One guide pointed that Istanbul is a home of about 1000 or more mosques, I believe it could be true.
The most famous mosques here are Blue mosque, Suleimaniye mosque, Fatih mosque.
Just a photo of this mosque from the exterior, it is located on the square across from the Galata Bridge in Eminonu. While it is called the "New" Mosque that does not mean it was made yesterday, this dates from some 400 years ago....We did not have time to take a look inside. At this point after several days seeing many, MANY, we were sort of Mosqued OUT.
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A few bridges are dominating the view and traffic on/in the city, this next to the more than 2500 mosques erected in a city of more than 12 million inhabitants, living on two continents in this small world.
Fondest memory: The NHC Convention
Co-existance of different religions in one place without any problems is a constant dream of contemporary politicians and ordinary people....
Istanbul had its golden days, not long though, but this is human nature, which can't sustain a tedious equilibrium....
When you are in Istanbul, you can spot some places which look quiet orient. and Yeni camii "New Mosque" is one of those places..
Just in front of the Eminonu pier, you can see the Yeni camii, the birds in front of the mosque and people feeding them.. Tourists looking way to the Spice Market and street vendors are trying to catch a good location.
Below picture was taken on 17may 2003, early in the morning.. So less people around..
Favorite thing: visit a mosque - look inside the Dolmabahce Mosque in my picture.The mosque is located at the shores of the Bosphorus, south of Dolmabahce Palace and isn't so full of tourists as more known ones.Its interior is rich in ornaments and decorations in the rococo style.
Favorite thing: Pay a visit to the not so new New Mosque, right on the waterfront, next to the spice market.
Fondest memory: Everywhere you go in Istanbul you will find Mosques with different shapes and architecture. Here is the Suleymaniye Mosque, viewed from the Golden Horn.
Everywhere you look in Istanbul, the skyline is dominated by minarets and domes of mosques.
Fondest memory: The sites, the food but above all else the people
Yeni Camii (New Mosque)
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Favorite thing: Mosques - I fell in love with them in Cairo and there are some great ones in Istanbul. This is a view of the Sulimanyie Mosque.
Favorite thing: More mosques! The New Mosque is frantic outside with crowds of people. But inside, it's a haven of tranquility.