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In Istanbul, a mosque fit for a sultan

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

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...more

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
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Seagulls fly over Golden Horn as the sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Seagulls fly over Golden Horn as the sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Seagulls fly over Golden Horn as the sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Ships set sail with Camlica hill, where the country's biggest mosque is planned to be built, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, is seen in the background in Istanbul November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Ships set sail with Camlica hill, where the country's biggest mosque is planned to be built, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, is seen in the background in Istanbul November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Ships set sail with Camlica hill, where the country's biggest mosque is planned to be built, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, is seen in the background in Istanbul November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Suleyman Kok, a member of master Kahraman Yildiz's mahya team, takes part in the installation of mahya at the top of one of the Suleymaniye mosque's minarets in Istanbul in this August 5, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files

Suleyman Kok, a member of master Kahraman Yildiz's mahya team, takes part in the installation of mahya at the top of one of the Suleymaniye mosque's minarets in Istanbul in this August 5, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files

Suleyman Kok, a member of master Kahraman Yildiz's mahya team, takes part in the installation of mahya at the top of one of the Suleymaniye mosque's minarets in Istanbul in this August 5, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files
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An undated computer-generated image, released by Istanbulcami.com, shows a giant mosque which is planned to be built in Camlica hill in Istanbul. Turkey's Prime Minister 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. REUTERS/Istanbul Camii, Association of building and preserving Mosque and Education-Culture Service Units of Istanbul/Handout

An undated computer-generated image, released by Istanbulcami.com, shows a giant mosque which is planned to be built in Camlica hill in Istanbul. Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has described his third term as Turkish prime minister as that of...more

An undated computer-generated image, released by Istanbulcami.com, shows a giant mosque which is planned to be built in Camlica hill in Istanbul. Turkey's Prime Minister 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. REUTERS/Istanbul Camii, Association of building and preserving Mosque and Education-Culture Service Units of Istanbul/Handout
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An undated computer-generated image, released by Istanbulcami.com, shows a giant mosque which is planned to be built in Camlica hill in Istanbul. REUTERS/Istanbul Camii, Association of building and preserving Mosque and Education-Culture Service Units of Istanbul/Handout

An undated computer-generated image, released by Istanbulcami.com, shows a giant mosque which is planned to be built in Camlica hill in Istanbul. REUTERS/Istanbul Camii, Association of building and preserving Mosque and Education-Culture Service...more

An undated computer-generated image, released by Istanbulcami.com, shows a giant mosque which is planned to be built in Camlica hill in Istanbul. REUTERS/Istanbul Camii, Association of building and preserving Mosque and Education-Culture Service Units of Istanbul/Handout
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