Istanbul’s Yeni Camii (New Mosque). Somehow we’d missed this one during our last visit to Istanbul eleven years ago.
Today, while wandering around and outside the streets of Istanbul’s spice market looking for a head scarf (for Audrey, not Dan), we stumbled across and into Yeni Camii (New Mosque). While the outside is rather stark gray, the inner courtyard warmed with a bit of late afternoon light.
But it was the inside of the mosque that blew us away. Carpeted, warm, and almost surprisingly inviting, the interior of Yeni Camii wraps a visitor in mesmerizing colors, designs and Arabic script. Just about anywhere you happen to place the camera frame, a fascinating set of shapes and geometry is revealed.
And it’s here that we’ll leave you. Open the panorama below. And be sure to use the up arrow to make your way to the ceiling. Imagine sitting on the carpet and gazing at the vastness of it all.
That’s what we did.