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The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is an Ottoman-era historical imperial mosque located in Istanbul.
Photo by Lewis J Goetz
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Capital: Ankara

Location: Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria

Government: Republic of Turkey

Currency: Turkish liras (TRY)

Area: 783,562 sq km

Population: 82,482,383 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages

Religion: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

TimeZone: UTC+2

Tel Code: +90

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