TURKEY C: MOSQUES

Pictures of mosques that we visited.

These are my own photos, internet pictures, and copies of postcards that I bought and sent to June in Australia.

Hagia Sophia / Aya Sofiya. Built 537 on orders of Emperor Justinian I: largest building in the world for years. Until 1453 it was the Eastern Orthodox Cathedral. 1453-1931 it was a Muslim mosque; then it was converted to museum.

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The mihrab, where the original altar used to be:Screen Shot 2019-04-02 at 6.52.11 PM.png

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Sultanahmet Camii (“The Blue Mosque”), 1609-1616

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Sülemaniye Camii (built for Suleyman the Magnificent, 1558. Architect: Sinan)

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Interior and Mausoleum of Sülemaniye

Fatih Camii (“The Conqueror’s Mosque”, 1463-70, on the site of the Church of the Holy Apostles. Architect: Sinan. Originally an educational and social institution, with hospital, market, hamam, schools, etc.)Fatih camii.jpg

Beyazit Camii (Bayezid II, 1481-1512. Architect: Sinan.)

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Şehzade Camii (‘The Prince’s Mosque’, built as memorial to Suleyman’s son, whom he had had strangled, 1543. architect: Sinan.)Sehzade camii.jpg Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Camii (1571. architect: Sinan)Sokollu Mehmet Pasa camii.jpg

TURKEY D. The last few weeks (September 1958)