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The Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey)

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is magical. In August, the combination of the mosque's towering blue minarets flanked by these beautiful pink flowering trees made for a perfect picture. A mosque only needs to have one minaret, but this one has 6 (only 3 of them are visible in the picture). The other 5 were built as a display of wealth by the sultan at the time, Ahmed I. Today, they still frame the city skyline over 400 years later.


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