July 9, 2014

Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Photograph by Pisati Beniamino

A fisherman standing on Istanbul's Galata Bridge is silhouetted against a dusky sky near the city's Süleymaniye Mosque. Completed in 1557, the mosque is the second largest in Istanbul and stands as one of the greatest accomplishments of the Ottoman age. In 2007, the mosque underwent the largest renovation in its 450-year-history: Gold leaf was repainted, lost tiles were covered with plaster, and the original doors were reset by hand with precious stones.

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