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Shey Fethullah Mosque

I thank Bilgin Ersoy his research on the web, leading to the following information: It was built in 1563, and was an early Ottoman complex, as opposed to the classical institutions seen in (for instance) Istanbul. The medrese (Quran school) no longer exists. The style is considered to be neither Turkish nor Arabic, but Seljuk (I add: Seljuks were a Turkish tribe, so in a way Turkish after all, though not "Ottoman") Bilgin thinks its style has a touch of Syrian (I agree, like him comparing it to other pictures I took and what I found concerning those mosques). It is a unique design, never copied. Let's be glad at least one exists, because it's great. The mosque seems to contain a copy of an early hand-written Quran, according to legend left by Ebu Bekir, who served as first kadi (judge) in the region. Thank you, Bilgin.

The outside front is very good also, though they have put in an ugly glass wall, probably against the cold of winter.
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