New Mosque

New Mosque

This mosque was situated on a hill overlooking the harbor at Eminonu. Nowadays, the homely pigeons make their home in its graceful domes and arches. It is situated across the street from the Galata Bridge and nearby Spice Bazaar.
 
The interior is decorated very much like its counterparts, being the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia, but many would say that it doesn’t compare to their grandeur. It is still a massive building and the decorations don’t disappoint the eye.
 
There isn’t much literature available on the name of the New Mosque. It is a very beautifully built structure. This is also one of the very few mosques that allow non Muslim visitors to attend prayer services. There is a designated spot for visitors to sit, and they just ask that you are respectful.
 
The New Mosque overlooks the Bosphorus and one would do good to visit it at sunset. Due to its location close to the bazaar, it is very overcrowded. Having said that, to sit outside the mosque watching worshippers wash and prepare for their prayer service is something that is both educational and heartwarming.