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Great holmertz 2019-12-26 3:56

Hello Malgo,
I don't know why I didn't see this photo before. You used the light very well and I like the inclusion of the man washing his face. But what a terrible disappointment for you to see only 12 of the 15 most important mosques in Istanbul! And you should have been disappointed to go to Bursa instead of seeing the much finer mosques in Edirne. ;-)
I looked in my diary to see what I wrote about this: I loved the Green Mosque, next to the mausoleum, very much. Then I saw the relatively small Orhan Cami but only looked inside from the threshold because it was prayer-time and I didn't want to intrude. But I thought the discreet decorations looked very elegant. Finally I went to see Ulu Cami which I didn't like very much. ;-) Partly it was because there were far too many tourists. I liked the good light coming through a glass dome and I noted the unusual fountain for ritual cleansing inside the mosque instead of in the courtyard. But I strongly disliked the painted brown decorations with "shadows", which are seen all over this photo. I described them as "dirt brown" and compared them to what can be seen in the worst baroque churches. ;-)
Best regards,

Old 12-27-2019, 10:43 AM
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Hi Gert, Thank you for your kind and long critique . Yes, I was disappointed in Istanbul that some of the mosques were in renovation . hahaha. Bursa was interesting, so it was OK. Now with the metro under the sea, the way would be much shorter. This metro line was opened just a week after our visit.
I was in Green Mosque and Orhan as well. I didn't pay attention to dirt brown, be they ugly or not. I was fascinated with the calligraphy. The "pictures" were fantastic. I haven't seen anywhere like these. I took a lot of pictures of them.
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