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Yeni Valide Mosque Complex, Istanbul

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#45 of 141 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Visit Yeni Valide Mosque Complex to see its square-shaped mosque built for Gülnuş Emetullah, the favorite concubine of Sultan Mehmet IV, and an unusual "birdcage" tomb in a quiet, lush garden. The building of the mosque features a flattened main dome and four half domes, as well as two minarets flanked with two balconies each. In the evening, the illumination imbues this tranquil place with a particular charm. There is a paid restroom in the garden, and a little cafe that faces the mosque offers refreshments. Remember to take off your shoes before you enter and cover your head if you are a woman. Add Yeni Valide Mosque Complex and other attractions to your Istanbul trip itinerary using our Istanbul vacation route planner.
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  • This is one of the most beatiful mosque in istanbul from ottoman empire. You can easily come from European side by marmaray or ships. You must to visit this mosque . If you visit it you can also visit...  more »
  • The mosque is a few hundred yards away from the bosphorus. The mosque is pretty and set in a large quiet courtyard. Inside are attractive 19th century mosaics and the like. The mosque is great, but no...  more »
  • A big business terminal is just across the road from this opulently architrcted venue of worship and you will be passing through a pedestrian tunnel lined with cheap souvenir shops.  more »
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  • Historic mosque, great atmosphere. The adhan is read in synchronisation with the Mihrimah mosque nearby.
  • Valide Mosque is amazing 18 th century Ottoman architecture mosque...
  • Beautifull place.
  • Maasha'ALLAH beautiful and big Mosque
  • A great mosque

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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