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I live in Emirgan, Istanbul. One of the oldest Ottoman towns near the Bosphorus. And it is certainly one of the most beautiful and unspoiled (preserved) places in Istanbul both nature and history wise. The photo was taken at the Emirgan Mosque.

Emirgan Mosque faces the famous spreading plane tree of Emirgan, under which writers and intellectuals used to gather for conversation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was founded in 1781 by Abdülhamid I in memory of his son Mehmet who died at an early age and his mother Hümasah Kadin. It was built on the site of the magnificent waterfront palace of Emirguneoglu Yusuf Pasa, and rebuilt during the reign of Mahmut II. It is a square mosque with a wooden roof and adjoining the eastern façade is a two-storey wooden hünkâr kasri (royal pavillion used by the sultan when he visited the mosque). The horologe room next to the fountain is now occupied by cafes.

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