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Ottoman Empire

Side entrance to the courtyard of Beyazit Camii. The mosque was built in 1501-1506 by Yacoub-shah ibn Sultan for Sultan Beyazit II (Mehmet the Conqueror's son). There are two other entrances to the courtyard, which is surrounded by an arcade of 20 columns. (Press here for 38K jpg)

Facade (detail) of Laleli Camii. The Laleli Camii is known as the Tulip or Lily mosque, and was built between 1759 and 1763 at the directions of Sultan Mustafa III. It is built on a high terrace overlooking shops of Ordu Caddesi, a busy avenue.(Press here for 54K jpg)