(Reuters) In Istanbul, a mosque fit for a Sultan

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Tayyip Erdogan has described his third term as Turkish prime minister as that of a "master", borrowing from the celebrated Ottoman architect Sinan and the last stage of his storied career after apprenticeship and graduation.

It's a lofty allusion.

Sinan's 16th-century creations came to define the Ottoman Empire at its apogee, the Suleymaniye Mosque, built for Sultan Suleiman, part of Istanbul's unmistakable skyline.

Now, entering a second decade at the helm of a country revelling in its regional might, Erdogan wants to leave his own mark on the cityscape with what will be Turkey's biggest mosque, a "giant mosque," he says, "that will be visible from all across Istanbul."

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Posted November 30, 2012 at 6:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Katherine wrote:

I know Turks who are not happy about the re-Islamization of Turkey.  Mostly they live in Istanbul.  This would be a triumphal monument to the new Ottoman rule, in the teeth of the Istanbul liberals.

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