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Ismail Efendi Mosque
08-DEC-2004

Ismail Efendi Mosque

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This mosque has been restored from near ruin in 1952. It dates from 1724, built in a transitional style between classical and baroque. It lies in the centre of a, may I say fundamentalist neighbourhood? I think I may: nowhere else in the city does one see so many heavily covered (veiled is not the word) women and turbaned and bearded men. I always go there to buy some perfume (the "ut" one) at a kŲkÁŁ (seller of smells) , which is very good.

Last time around I was imperatively told not to take pictures by one of these men, he kept following me as if he owned the city. It was the one time I felt faintly threatened and I hope not to run into too many of these people (whom I despise, letís be clear about that). So only two pictures of this charming mosque. On an earlier occasion the imam himself showed me his mosque, he was very charming. So donít think I despise the people here, just this one particular guy who should be taught a lesson about freedom.

Nikon D70
1/160s f/8.0 at 15.0mm full exif

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