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The Yeni Camii, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan is an Ottoman mosque located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul

The construction of the mosque first began in 1597. It was ordered by Safiye Sultan, who was the wife of Sultan Murad III. The original architect was Davut Ağa, an apprentice to the great Mimar Sinan. However, Davut Aga died in 1599 and was replaced by Dalgıç Ahmed Çavuş. The project was hampered by political disconnect, and its location and monetary implications created dissent in the court. The Eminönü neighborhood was the city's foremost commercial center, and home to a predominantly Jewish population. In situating the mosque there, Safiye Sultan hoped to extend the sphere of Islamic influence within the city, capitalizing on the growing discontent of local and foreign merchants caused by the growing power and influence of their Jewish counterparts, which gave the Sultan an easy justification for confiscating their property. However, the vast monetary outlay drew sharp criticism. In particular, the Janissaries resented the growing political power of the Valide Sultan, and believed the mosque to be an unnecessary expenditure. Safiye Sultan was forced to abandon the project upon Mehmet III's death. The new Sultan Ahmed I had no interest in pursuing the project after Safiye Sultan was relegated to the harem and the construction was abandoned. The partially constructed structure fell into ruins and was largely destroyed by a fire in 1660. Later that year, the imperial architect Mustafa Ağa suggested that Valide Turhan Hadice, mother of Sultan Mehmet IV, should complete the project as a work of piety. The mosque was finally finished in 1663, and inaugurated in 1665.

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Comments (159)

Omid Jafarnezhad on October 21, 2011

ترکیب زیبایی است آفرین بر شما .ل

Arash Aghajani on October 22, 2011

like 104

MehmedPoračaninMeša on October 24, 2011

Excellent shot.Beautiful photo.



Hamed Ansari on November 6, 2011



Thanks a lot, dear friends :)

Arash Aghajani

Omid Jafarnezhad

بینهایت متشکرم

australien67h on November 7, 2011




Dr.Azzouqa on November 8, 2011

Excellent composition.

LIKEd and YSd.

Best wishes from Jordan.


Mansoor Hooshmand on November 8, 2011

شات عالی


Hamed Ansari on November 9, 2011



Thank you so much!

M@nsoor Hooshm@nd

خیلی ممنون دوست عزیز

soroosh mirzaei on November 16, 2011

گالري زيبايي داريد

شما رو ليست دوستانم افزودم

با احترام سروش ميرزائي

Hamed Ansari on November 16, 2011

soroosh mirzaei

خیلی ممنون از لطفتون

Yousef Dalirian on December 10, 2011

ترکیب فوق العاده ای بود سپاس like

Jarda Lhoták on February 8, 2012

Very nice . like. Greetings, Jarda.

Akbar&Armaghan Nouri on February 11, 2012



Alla Saed on February 22, 2012

صورة رائعة البوم مميز تحيات م علاء سعيد من ليبيا like

Reza tahmasbi on March 8, 2012

ترکیب بسیار زیبائیه


▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓ on March 13, 2012

Gran composicion, me gusta!! like 1177

Panoramio photos RYD on July 28, 2012


Bruno Locatelli on January 10, 2014

Beautiful picture (L+F)! Cheers from Peru

stpot032 on October 7, 2014

L! Très belle prise! SP

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 31, 2011
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    by Hamed Ansari
    • Camera: SONY SLT-A33
    • Taken on 2011/07/20 22:31:12
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 30.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO4000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash