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Uskudar 0587.jpg
12-MAR-2006

Uskudar 0587.jpg

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The Atik Valide complex, a huge complex with a great mosque in its centre. It was built in 1583 by Sinan for Nur Banu Sultan, wife of Selim II and mother of Murat III. The Strolling through Istanbul (Redhouse) guide calls it the "most splendid and extensive of all Sinan's constructions in Istanbul with the sole exeption of the Sülleymaniye" and I fully agree. The scale of the central mosque is much smaller, but it is a beauty, with wonderful Iznik tiles, the garden is inviting ...

Outside the mosque complex, you get an impression of the scale. And there is more on either side.

Nikon D2x
1/80s f/8.0 at 18.0mm iso100 full exif

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