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In Istanbul, a mosque fit for a sultan


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Visitors walk at the courtyard of the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul November 28, 2012. Tayyip Erdogan has described his third term as Turkish prime minister as that of a ''master'', borrowing from the celebrated Ottoman architect Sinan and the last stage of his storied career after apprenticeship and graduation. Now, entering a second decade at the helm of a country revelling in its regional might, Erdogan wants to leave his own mark on the cityscape with what will be Turkey's biggest mosque, a ''giant mosque,'' he says, ''that will be visible from all across Istanbul.'' But the Istanbul elite are up in arms and some have branded the proposed mosque unsightly and ostentatious. Picture taken November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer