Istanbulites entering the New Mosque (Yeni Camii) for afternoon prayers.
An Ottoman Imperial Mosque, its construction began in 1597, taking around half a century, and stirring political controversy. Eminönö, the area of Istanbul in which the Mosque is situated, was the commercial centre of the city with a dominant Jewish population. By constructing the Mosque there, Safiye Sultan hoped to extend the influence of Islam within the city.
© Rob Pinney
8 May 2012