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Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, March 2006

Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, March 2006

One of the great contributions Islamic empires made to the world came in the form of architecture. The building shown here, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, was built in the sixteenth century by Sinan, the most famous architect of the Ottoman Empire. It was the building he considered to be his masterpiece, and is considered one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Through buildings in Africa, Europe, India, and many, many places throughout the Middle East, Muslim empires left a rich architectural legacy that still attests to the widespread influence they have on cultures across the world.

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