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Sunset across the Sea of Marmara from Izmit, Christmas Day 2013. The mosque in the fg adds context to this predominantly Muslim country. Istanbul is about 90 minutes by bus due west. Izmit is also known as Ismit or Kocaeli. From Wiki:

"Izmit (Turkish: İzmit, Greek: Νικομήδεια, Nikomedeia) is a city in Turkey, administrative center of Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. It is at the Gulf of İzmit (the ancient Gulf of Astacus) in the Sea of Marmara, about 100 km (62 mi) east of Istanbul, on the northwestern part of Anatolia. The city center has a population of 300,611 (2011 census). The population of the province (including rural areas) is 1,459,772. (Unlike other provinces in Turkey apart from Istanbul, the whole province is included within the municipality of the metropolitan center.)"

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