Photographer's Note

This is a beautiful little mosque from 14th century,surrounded by palm trees.
Iznik (Turkish: İznik), formerly Nicaea (Greek: Νίκαια), is a town and an administrative district in the Province of Bursa, Turkey. The town lies in a fertile basin at the eastern end of Lake İznik, bounded by ranges of hills to the north and south. As the crow flies the town is only 90 km southeast of Istanbul but by road it is 200 km around the Gulf of Izmit. It is 80 km by road from Bursa.
In 1331, Orhan I captured Iznik from the Byzantium forces and for a short period the town became the capital of the expanding Ottoman Empire.[2] The large church of Hagia Sophia in the centre of the town was converted into a mosque and became known as the Orhan Mosque.[3] A madrasa and baths were built nearby.[4] In 1334 Orhan built a mosque and an imaret (soup kitchen) just outside the Yenisehir gate (Yenişeh Kapısı) on the south side of the town.[5]
Green Mosque (Yesil Cami) (1378–1371). The mosque was built for Çandarlı Kara Halil Hayreddin Pasha, the first Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. It is located near the Lefke Gate on the east side of the town. It was damaged in 1922 during the Greco-Turkish War and restored between 1956 and 1969.[5][13]

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Additional Photos by Emin Bingul (ebingul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 330] (1984)
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