I am so sorry for Istanbul and the humanity,we all lose!…Lo siento mucho por Estambul y por la humanidad, todos perdemos!

Istanbul is a wonderful city with lovely people, I am so sorry!  Cfotofan

 

Text credits:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul/sights/religious/new-mosque

Only in İstanbul would a 400-year-old mosque be called ‘New’. Dating from 1597, its design references both the Blue Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque, with a large forecourt and a square sanctuary surmounted by a series of semidomes crowned by a grand dome. The interior is richly decorated with gold leaf, coloured İznik tiles and carved marble.
Originally commissioned by Valide Sultan Safiye, mother of Sultan Mehmet III, the mosque was completed six sultans later in 1663 by order of Valide Sultan Turhan Hadice, mother of Sultan Mehmet IV.
The site had earlier been occupied by a community of Karaite Jews, radical dissenters from Orthodox Judaism. When the valide sultan decided to build her grand mosque here, the Karaites were moved to Hasköy, a district further up the Golden Horn that still bears traces of their presence.
The mosque was created after Ottoman architecture had reached its peak. Consequently, even its tiles are slightly inferior products, the late 17th century having seen a diminution in the quality of the products coming out of the İznik workshops. You will see this if you compare these tiles with the exquisite examples found in the nearby Rüstem Paşa Mosque, which are from the high period of İznik tilework. Nonetheless, it is a popular working mosque and a much-loved adornment to the city skyline. Note that it is closed to visitors on Fridays between 7am and 2pm.
Across the road from the mosque is the tomb of Valide Sultan Turhan Hadice, the woman who completed construction of the New Mosque. Buried with her are no fewer than six sultans, including her son Mehmet IV, plus dozens of imperial princes and princesses.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul/sights/religious/new-mosque#ixzz3wfu7iSIz

 

Text credits: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35290760
A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group has killed 10 people, at least nine of them German tourists, in a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul, officials say.
They say the Syrian national carried out the attack in the Sultanahmet district, near the famous Blue Mosque.
Fifteen people were wounded, many of them also German.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was the “top target for all terrorist groups in the region”.
His country, he added, was “fighting against all of them equally”.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu telephoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell her that most of the dead were German, the Anadolu news agency quoted his office as saying.
Mr Davutoglu vowed to find and punish those linked to the bomber and pledged to continue the fight against IS militants.
Turkey’s Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said: “It has been identified that the suicide bomber is Syrian and his connections are being investigated.”
The suspect was said to have been born in 1988 and was identified from body parts.
Mr Kurtulmus said the suspect was not on Turkey’s militant watch-list and was believed to have recently crossed into Turkey from Syria.
Eyewitness Murat Manaz said: “It was a suicide bomb. I went there and saw it and came back to the hotel. There was chaos. Everybody was running somewhere.
“Policemen did not see this coming. They were distressed but at the same time they were trying to evacuate the area because they said there was a possibility that a second bomb could go off.”
The authorities are investigating the type of explosive used, the governor’s office said.
Mrs Merkel had earlier expressed “serious concern” about the casualties, saying a German tourist group had been affected.
She added: “Today Istanbul was hit; Paris has been hit, Tunisia has been hit, Ankara has been hit before. International terrorism is once again showing its cruel and inhuman face today.”
Germany’s foreign ministry has on its website (in German) urged German tourists in Istanbul to avoid large crowds and tourist attractions and warned that further violent clashes and “terrorist attacks” were expected across Turkey.
Norway’s foreign ministry said a Norwegian man was receiving treatment in hospital.
Turkey last year took a more active role against IS in Syria, carrying out air strikes and allowing US warplanes to use its Incirlik base for missions.
What is the security situation in Turkey?
Turkey faces myriad security threats and establishing which group is behind this latest attack will be a matter of urgency. The Islamic State group has been blamed for three bombings in Turkey in the past year, including an attack in Ankara that killed more than 100 people. Violence has also soared between Turkish security forces and PKK militants, battling for more autonomy for the Kurds, after a ceasefire agreement broke down in July. A PKK offshoot, the TAK, fired a mortar at Istanbul airport last month. Far left groups are also active in Turkey, and a female suicide bomber attacked a police station in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district last year.
Who could be behind the latest attack?
President Erdogan has blamed a “suicide bomber of Syrian origin”. The conflict in Syria has not only seen the rise of IS but also strengthened the PKK’s offshoot in Syria, known as the YPG. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but correspondents point out that IS was similarly silent following previous attacks last year that were widely blamed on the jihadist group.
How is the Turkish government responding?
Last year Turkey agreed to take a more active role in the US-led campaign against IS, carrying out air strikes in Syria. It also allowed US warplanes to strike IS targets from its base in Incirlik and moved to tighten security along its 900km (560 mile) border with Syria. Meanwhile Turkish forces have also been targeting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. And violence has flared in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish south-east, where the Turkish military says it has killed some 600 PKK militants over the past month, according to Anadolou Agency.

 

 

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Estambul es una ciudad maravillosa con gente adorable. Lo siento mucho. Cfotofan

Créditos de este texto:
http://www.estambul.org/mezquita-nueva
La Mezquita Nueva de Estambul se encuentra muy cerca del puente de Gálata y a escasos metros del Bazar de las Especias. Pese a su nombre tiene ya casi 400 años de antigüedad ya que se construyó entre los años 1597 y 1663 por orden de las madres de los sultanes Mehmet III y Mehmet IV respectivamente tras una serie de problemas políticos, religiosos y financieros.
Con el Cuerno de Oro como espectador de lujo se alza esta imponente Mezquita Nueva con sus espectaculares bóvedas y sus dos minaretes dominando el horizonte. Su interior no le va a la zaga, con sus magníficas vidrieras, todo construido con azulejos de Íznit, oro y mármol.
Posiblemente la Mezquita más bonita de Estambul junto con la Mezquita Azul.
Dirección, horarios y precio de la Mezquita Nueva
– Dirección: Rüstem Paşa Mh., Eminönü Meydanı. Muy cerca del Bazar de las Especies.
– Horario: abierto todos los días de 7 de la mañana hasta el anochecer.
– Precio: entrada gratuíta. Se pueden realizar donaciones.

 

Diez muertos y 15 heridos tras una explosión en Estambul

Créditos de este texto: prodigy.msn.com

ESTAMBUL, Turquía (AP) — Un atacante suicida detonó una bomba en un distrito histórico de Estambul popular entre turistas la mañana del martes. Por lo menos 10 personas murieron y 15 más resultaron heridas en el incidente, dijo el presidente turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

En declaraciones emitidas por televisión, Erdogan dijo que entre los muertos en la explosión en el distrito Sultanahmet hay turcos y extranjeros.

“Condeno ampliamente el incidente terrorista que ocurrió en Estambul, en la plaza Sultanahmet, y que ha sido evaluado como un ataque suicida sirio”, dijo Erdogan.

El viceprimer ministro Numan Kurtulmus dijo que el atacante era un sirio de 28 años y que la mayoría de las víctimas eran extranjeras. De inmediato no quedó claro si el número de fallecidos incluye al atacante.

La explosión, que se oyó de varios vecindarios, se produjo cerca de un parque donde se alza un importante obelisco, a unos 25 metros (yardas) de la histórica Mezquita Azul.

Entre los heridos por la explosión habría al menos un peruano, seis alemanes y un noruego, indicó la agencia turca de noticias Dogan. Un ciudadano surcoreano sufrió una leve lesión en un dedo tras la detonación, dijo el Ministerio surcoreano de Exteriores a la prensa en mensajes de texto. El ministro de Exteriores de Noruega le dijo a la agencia de noticias noruega NTB que el turista noruego resultó ligeramente herido y era atendido en un hospital local.

De inmediato nadie se atribuyó el ataque, aunque se sospecha del grupo Estado Islámico. Militares curdos y grupos de izquierda se encuentran activos en Turquía.

El año pasado, Turquía acordó participar de forma más activa en la lucha dirigida por Estados Unidos contra el grupo EI. Turquía abrió sus bases a las aeronaves estadounidenses para lanzar ataques aéreos contra el grupo extremista en Siria y ha llevado a cabo un número limitado de ataques.

También reforzó su seguridad a lo largo de los 900 kilómetros (500 millas) de la frontera con Siria en un intento por detener el flujo de migrantes.

El ataque llega cuando ha aumentado la violencia entre las fuerzas de seguridad turcas y milicianos relacionados con el prohibido Partido de los Trabajadores de Kurdistán, PKK, en el mayoritariamente curdo sureste del país.

La policía acordonó la zona e impidió el acceso por el riesgo de que se produjera una segunda explosión, y en la zona se oía el sonido de un helicóptero de la policía que sobrevolaba la ciudad.

El barrio de Sultanahmet es la principal zona turística de Estambul e incluye el palacio Topkapi y el museo de Haghia Sophia.

Erdem Koroglu, que trabajaba en una oficina cercana cuando se produjo el estallido, dijo a NTV que había visto a varias personas tiradas en el suelo tras la explosión.

“Era difícil decir quién estaba vivo o muerto”, dijo Koroglu. “Los edificios temblaron por la fuerza de la explosión”.

El primer ministro Ahmet Davutoglu convocó de inmediato una reunión de seguridad con el ministro del Interior y otros altos cargos.

Como ocurrió tras ataques anteriores, las autoridades impusieron un bloqueo informativo y prohibieron a los medios mostrar imágenes de los muertos y heridos o informar sobre cualquier detalle de la investigación.

Turquía sufrió dos importantes atentados con bomba el año pasado.

Más de 30 personas murieron en julio en un atentado suicida del grupo Estado Islámico en la localidad de Suruc, cerca de la frontera turca con Siria.

En octubre, más de 100 personas murieron después de que dos atacantes suicidas se inmolaran ante la principal estación de Ankara cuando se reunía la gente para una manifestación en favor de la paz. Fue el atentado con más muertos registrado en Turquía. La oficina del fiscal dijo que el ataque fue obra de una célula local del grupo Estado Islámico.

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Fraser informó desde Ankara, Turquía. Mehmet Guzel, en Estambul, contribuyó a este despacho.

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