"Yeni Valide Camii" New Mosque - Yeni Cami Tip by MM212
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The New Mosque (Yeni Camii in Turkish) occupies the prominent position at the end of Galata Bridge in the older part of Istanbul. It was originally commissioned in 1597 by Safiye Sultan, the mother of Sultan Mehmet III, but construction was halted when she lost her executive powers upon her son's death in 1603. The work was restarted and completed in 1663 by Turhan Hatice Sultan, the mother of Sultan Mehmed IV, which explains the full name of the mosque "New Mother Mosque" (Yeni Valide Camii). The neighbouring Egyptian (Spice) Market was constructed concurrently with the mosque to provide revenues to support its charitable functions. The interior of Yeni Camii is as impressive as any in Istanbul and is covered with beautiful Iznik tiles. Though hardly noticeable, it is said that the completion of the mosque came at the beginning of the decline of Ottoman power and its imperial architecture.
For more photos, go to the travelogue: "Yeni Camii".
Address: Yenicami Meydanı Sokak, Eminönü
Directions: Next to the Spice (Egyptian) Market (Mısır Çarşısı)
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