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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Historic Areas of Istanbul,Turkey.


      Sultanahmet Mosque
1 Hagia Sophia Mosque
The prophet of God in Muslim religion, Muhammad, had prophesied that the first Muslim to pray in Hagia Sophia would go to paradise. Since then, it was a great ambition for Muslim leaders to get Hagia Sophia.
2 Sultan Ahmed Mosque(Blue Mosque)
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque  is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I.Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
3 Ortaköy Mosque
It was commissioned by the son-in-law of Vizier Ibrahim Pasha. Built in 1721, it was ruined during the Patrona Halil Uprising. The current mosque, which was erected in its place, was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856, on the ruins of the Cantemir Palace. Its architects were Armenian father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan, who designed it in the Neo-Baroque style.
4 Maiden's Tower
The Maiden's Tower also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 meters from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey.
This beautiful site card was sent by my young friend Tayfun.
2016 Stamp- Victory Day.
Date of Inscription: 1985
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