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The Yeni Camii means “New Mosque”, yet the name ‘New seems quite oxymoronic...having built way back in 1665.

It enjoys a grand location on the shores of the Golden Horn and, with its 66 domes, cuts an impressive figure when seen from the shores of Galata. The courtyard and surrounding plaza are far less peaceful than other mosques, which isn’t surprising given the mayhem of the adjacent Spice Bazaar.

Yeni Camii is one of the city’s grandest mosques, construction on it began in 1597, but wasn’t finished for 68 years. The mosque was built in the historically Jewish neighborhood of Eminönü, and an old synagogue was demolished to make room.

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