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Eminönü is a district of Istanbul in Turkey. This is the heart of the walled city of Constantine, the focus of a history of incredible richness. Eminönü covers the point on which the Byzantine capital was built. The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminönü and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea. And up on the hill stands Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque) and Hagia Sofia. Thus Eminönü is the main tourist destination in Istanbul.
Valide Cami (Valide Mosque)also called the Yeni (New) Mosque, this is the last imperial mosque to be built in the classical style. The construction of the mosque began in 1589 by Safiye Sultan, the mother of Mehmet III, but was discontinued upon her death in 1603. It was later resumed in 1661 by Turhan Sultan, and the mosque was completed in 1664. The architect Davud Aga was a student of Sinan.

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