Visiting Istanbul we decided to wait around in the square in front of the Yeni Cami Mosque for sunset. We were rewarded with the very pretty soft pastel palette of pinks and soft lilacs here. I liked the effect of the colours echoed in the stonework. This is a beautiful mosque and well worth a visit. The exterior has some 66 domes and semi domes which are arranged on top of one another and the interior is also very beautiful and much less crowded than the Blue Mosque. I took a ferry tour of the Bosphorus in front of the Yeni Cami and the streets behind the mosque house the spice market and bazaar.
The Yeni Cami, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan (Turkish: 'Yeni Cami, Yeni Valide Camii') is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.The construction of the mosque first began in 1597. It was ordered by Safiye Sultan, who was the wife of Sultan Murad III. The original architect was Davut Ağa, an apprentice to the great Mimar Sinan. However, Davut Aga died in 1599 and was replaced by Dalgıç Ahmed Çavuş. The construction took more than half a century and was completed by another valide sultan Turhan Hadice. The project was hampered by political disconnect, and its location and monetary implications created dissent in the court. The Eminönü neighborhood was the city's foremost commercial center, and home to a predominantly Jewish population. In situating the mosque there, Safiye Sultan hoped to extend the sphere of Islamic influence within the city, capitalizing on the growing discontent of local and foreign merchants caused by the growing power and influence of their Jewish counterparts, which gave the Sultan an easy justification for confiscating their property. However, the vast monetary outlay drew sharp criticism. In particular, the Janissaries resented the growing political power of the Valide Sultan, and believed the mosque to be an unnecessary expenditure. Safiye Sultan was forced to abandon the project upon Mehmet III's death. The new Sultan Ahmed I had no interest in pursuing the project after Safiye Sultan was relegated to the harem and the construction was abandoned.
The partially constructed structure fell into ruins and was largely destroyed by a fire in 1660. Later that year, the imperial architect Mustafa Ağa suggested that Valide Turhan Hadice, mother of Sultan Mehmet IV, should complete the project as a work of piety. The mosque was finally finished in 1663, and inaugurated in 1665.
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Highmountains (1834) 2012-10-26 12:14
The cropped composition is excellent. The Mosque with the minaret has the clarity and sharpness that makes it stand out against the 'candy floss' background. The brick buildings that extends from the left to right have a hue of 'pink' form the evening light. The trees around these buildings add to the variety - both in colour and form. The pink 'candy floss' glow of the evening extends from the right to the left, with a line of thick grey cloud spread across the photograph.
Thanks Kathryn, for sharing this beautiful photograph.
bukitgolfb301 (30023) 2012-10-26 16:27
Hi dear Kathryn
Another great imageshot! Unusual appraoch to the usual tourist spot. Great idea to allocate the big portion to the covelt colored sky. Colro gradation is son nice and tasteful. Peaceful and tranquilzed atmosphere is so tasteful. Many thanks for you sharing and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
delpeoples (44888) 2012-10-26 18:45
A lovely panoramic frame dominated in equal shares by the beautiful mosque and that extraordinary fairy floss sky, as you say. I like the tight framing, accentuating the architectural details and well - the sky speaks for itself - so beautifully exposed.
Warm regards, I hope you and yours are well
marabu61 (3865) 2012-10-27 6:25
This looks almost like something out of a fairy tail book. Such pleasing colors in the sky and on the mosque. The panoramic approach cuts out any unnessecary details and gives the compositon a calm feel.
have a good weekend
photoray (4926) 2012-10-27 8:48
A fine classical and impressive Mosque, in a different light, a romantic sunset and all apppears peaceful.
And a a bonus with your history note which helps us to connect with our lives, or at least I believe, having majored in history and psychology.
Have a fine spring weekend,
Noel_Byrne (7209) 2012-10-27 9:17
Perfect name for your image, they sure do look sugary and edible. And what an amazing structure to feature before that sky. I really like the positioning of the buildings dome and minnerette, and thanks for a very interesting note too!
All the best