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The Blue Mosque is one of the masterpieces of Ottoman architecture, and one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. The mosque’s Turkish name is, Sultan Ahmet Camii, which is a reference to its founder and sponsor, the Ottoman emperor Ahmet I. However, due to the colour of the blue covering three-quarters of the mosque walls, it is known as the Blue Mosque. Some 21,000 tiles with over fifty different designs were produced in Iznik by all the factories of the city for Blue Mosque. The construction of the mosque which took place between 1606 and 1617, swallowed a...

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All right. So you are going over to a Turkish friend’s home for dinner, and you want to show off some Turkish skills? Or your fiancée is Turkish, and you want to impress your future in-laws. Or perhaps you are traveling to Turkey or even moved to Turkey. You want to be familiar with your neighborhood. You are ready to go to step B: make friends with the Turks!Turkish people are rather warm and welcoming. As you may already have the chance to experience, they love to chat, drink tea and share their food. So, do not be surprised if...

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