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Istanbul june 2009 2688.jpg

The Strolling through Istanbul guide wrote that the “mosque is darkened by the soot which has accumulated on its windows” and that “the tiles which decorate the interior are of a quality inferior to those in earlier mosques, the celebrated Iznik tiles of the period 1555-1620”. Still they have one group of these tiles, representing Mecca, that is considered so valuable it is locked in as if it were gold (as a matter of fact, gold is just a metal, an Iznik tile can be more valuable, being a piece of art that cannot be replaced the way you can buy an ingot of gold).

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