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Yeni Cami, Istanbul

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Perched on a hill and overlooking the harbor, Yeni Cami features two minarets plus 66 domes and semi-domes arranged in a pyramid. The building is also known as the "Queen Mothers' Mosque," since one queen mother commissioned it in 1597, and another completed it in 1663. Walk over a large courtyard past an ornamental ablution fountain to reach the entrance. Blue, green, and white tiles decorate the interior of the mosque, along with gold leaf and carved marble. Notice a gilded screen in the northeast corner of the gallery, behind which sultans attended services. Six sultans are buried in the adjacent mausoleum. If there's time, stop by the spice bazaar nearby. Make Yeni Cami part of your personalized Istanbul itinerary using our Istanbul itinerary builder.
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  • I had described the rustem Pasha camii as bluer then the Blue Mosque, but this has even more blue decoration. From afar, there seem to be an incredible number of small domes surrounding the main dome....  more »
  • This is a huge mosque in the Eminonu area. It is about 1-2 km walk from the Sultanahmet square. Very well decorated mosque. The Bosphorus bridge and boat are near it. A must visit.  more »
  • It was built around 1665 so it is not that new but the name it is popularly known as is the New Mosque. It is near the Spice Bazaar but I always think the people mistaken it for other mosques because ...  more »
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  • An incredibly beautiful mosque. Also, pro tip: the food vendors selling mussels in the square are to die for.
  • A great mosque that beautifies the Istanbul Skyline Great place to visit and pray.
  • Magnificent architecture. Must see while in Istanbul.
  • This is very typical shape of mosque that I saw in my life. Not only this and other Turkish mosque also noce looking. I did not catch here so many things. If I knew more things about muslim the I could understand more. I just glimpse here and tooknsome photos here and all.
  • Here's open for any tourists to see how they pray in a prayer time. Don't forget to respect their religion by follow the rules for tourists. I have no chance to see how they pray before, even my country also have many mosques. So I was impress here additional an inside beautiful designed.

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