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Yeni Camii (New Mosque)

Don’t let its name fool you; this mosque is not that new!

Yeni camii in a cloudy day

Located at the southern end of the Galata Bridge Yeni Cami is among the best-known sights in Istanbul. With sixty-six domes and two minarets it took a long time to construct this mosque, which was started in 1597 and inaugurated in 1665, after 68 years. Three architects oversaw the construction of this building.

We recommend going into the courtyard and checking out the beautiful dome from outside and inside. As with all the mosques entering the Yeni Cami is free. While you’re inside the mosque pay attention to the mihrab (the altar) that is decorated with Iznik tiles which also adorn the inside walls of the Blue Mosque and Rüstem Paşa Cami that is a short walk away.

We like: Feeding the pigeons outside the mosque is a lot of fun.

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