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Suleiman the Magnificent and His Mosque

August 12th 2015
So, who, exactly, decided Suleiman was magnificent? Was it his mother? His wife? She had good reason to think well of him. Maybe one of his concubines? We know he had at least three. Who was this guy? I got interested in Suleiman because of the mosque named for him. Suleiman wanted to turn Constantinople into the jewel of the Ottoman Empire, and to that end he had Mimar Sinan, one of the greatest ... read more
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Turkish Flag Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
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14th August 2015

Gotta go there
There'd be something wrong if you were not blown away by the enormity and magnificence of Suleiman's Mosque. He's built it for that purpose. Held in awe not just by worshippers...by everyone. Lucky you.
14th August 2015

Best
This was - hands down - one of the most beautiful sites I've seen. Another point in its favor was that almost no one was there. Compare this to the hordes of tourists off the cruise ships taking selfies in the Blue Mosque and I'll take the mosque of Suleiman any day.

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