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Ortaköy Mosque on the Bosphorus

The original Ortaköy Mosque was built in the 18th century. The current mosque, which was erected in its place, was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856. Its architects were father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan (who also designed the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace), who designed it in Neo-Baroque style. Within the mosque hang several examples of Islamic calligraphy executed by the Sultan Abdülmecid himself, who was also a hattat (master calligrapher).

The wide, high windows let the ever-changing light reflections of the Bosphorus shine in the mosque. (wikipedia)

The Bosphorus Bridge had the 4th longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1973, and the longest outside the United States. (wikipedia)

The bridge named for the conqueror of Constantinople, Mehmed II.

It is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and vertical hangers. The aerodynamic deck is hanging on double vertical steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,090 m and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m. (Wikipedia)

Betula papyrifera (paper birch) turning color early, August 26.

2004, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkey

Aphrodisias sarkophag

Peppers in the courtyard of the Anatolia restaurant.

Facade Renovation

The ferry across the Sea of Marmara.



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