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The New Queen Mother Mosque (Yeni Valide Camii), commonly called the New Mosque (Yeni Cami) , dominates the ferry docks in Eminönü at the southern end of Istanbul's Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn.

Despite its name, the mosque is not new, having been constructed between 1597 and 1663. Its common name is an abbreviated version of its proper name. The Yeni Camii has become a defining feature of Istanbul's skyline, overlooking the harbor next to the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn.

The beautiful exterior consists of a great courtyard, two slender minarets, and a cascade of domes tumbling down from a central dome.

The interior of the mosque is decorated with Iznik tile, gold and marble. Valide Sultan Turhan Hattice is buried in the courtyard along with sultans Mehmet IV, Mustafa II, Ahmet III, and Mahmut I.

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