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Merzifon, a charming Anatolian town

The Ottoman bazaar

The Ottoman bazaar

Merzifon is a small Anatolian town located north-west of the famous city of Amasya. Although it is not a well-known destination amongst tourists, its Ottoman atmosphere and unique charm will win you over.

The medrese (koranic school) was built in the first quarter of the 15th century by Mehmed I and bears the sultan’s name. A magnificent clock tower built in stone and brick work was added to the structure in 1865 by Ziya Paşa, the administrator of the region of Amasya. This addition blends perfectly into the landscape and enhances the original building. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Great Mosque and the Armenian Church of Sivrihisar

Ulu Cami

Ulu Cami

Ulu Cami, also known as the Great Mosque in English and the Armenian Church are the two unmissable jewels of Sivrihisar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex

Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex

Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex

Seyyid Battal Gazi Complex is located in Seyitgazi, a small town 43 km      south-east of Eskişehir. It was built over the centuries on the hill where Mesih Castle was once located. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eskişehir, an Anatolian city full of treasures – Part II

Traditional Ottoman House in Odunpazarı

Traditional Ottoman House in Odunpazarı

 

In the previous article, we started our journey through Eskişehir with the Porsuk River and the multiple green spaces in its surroundings.

Today, we will discover Odunpazarı, one of the most attractive districts of the city with a vast amount of magnificent traditional Ottoman houses. Read the rest of this entry »

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The many mosques of Üsküdar

Atik Valide

      Üsküdar, located on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, is a lively and popular district that will prove particularly appealing to mosque enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »

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The famous Ortaköy Mecidiye Mosque has reopened its doors

Ortakoy and Bosphorus Bridge

After over 3 years of restoration the famous Mecidiye Mosque in Ortaköy has officially reopened its doors on June 6, 2014 during the Friday prayer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex

EdirneSelimiye

EdirneSelimiye

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Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

 

Ulu Camii – Divriği

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Beyşehir and its wooden mosque, lake and many treasures

Beysehir

      In the heart of Central Anatolia, between the city of Konya which attracts millions of followers of Mevlana, and the Isparta known for its rosewater,there is a less renowned city in tourist guides, Beyşehir. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teşvikiye Mosque in Istanbul

Teşvikiye Mosque

        Indeed, this is the funeral place of many political and cultural figures and it gives a place of worship perfectly for the Muslim tone of the neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry »

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