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Nuruosmaniye Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey
Nuruosmaniye Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey

Nuruosmaniye Mosque Quick Guide

Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Nurosmaniye Camii

Started by Sultan Mahmut I in 1749, this mosque was completed by his brother and successor, Osman III in 1755. The building’s baroque facade shows signs of Mahmut’s resolve to promote European architectural influences into mosque design, a move that was controversial with clerics at the time. The mosque’s name means ‘Light of Osman’, and is echoed by an inscription in the dome which reads ‘God is the light of the heavens and the earth’. The mosque courtyard provides consummate segway into another entrance of the Grand Bazaar, the Nuruosmaniye Gate.

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