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Mersin 046
22-DEC-2005

Mersin 046

The Ulu Camii or Great Mosque. A new building that - apart from the minaret - looks a lot like a modern cinema. And when one enters it has that aspect too: nice carpets, stairs leading up to the central room. It gives a feeling of luxury, and the ornamentation is of a high quality. It dates from 1997.

An ornament in a ceiling. The writing seems Kufic, a rather angular type of Arab script that looks great. But as a perceptive viewer wrote it is "just" latin script.

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emrah 08-Apr-2006 05:44
hi there and great job! i am form mersin. this ornament in the ceiling is not actually kufic, it is written in the latin alphabet. and it says 'allah' . there are four of them(the word allah) and it looks like a swastika, it is a little ackward :) . by the way i've been to this mosqoe several times and i've never realised it :) , i had seen a similer one ,which was written in latin alphabets too, in a book years ago. these kind of caligraphy is not common, but there are some examples as i know.