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Top 10: Turkey’s most visited museums

The Culture Ministry has announced that a total of 20,269,000 people visited Turkish museums and historic sites in the first eight months of 2014. The total number throughout the whole of 2013 was 29,481,000. Here is the list of the top 10 most visited museums in Turkey, according to the latest figures:
1) Topkapı Palace, Istanbul: 3,760,548 visitors

Istanbul mayor says mosque construction near protected grove to continue

The relief of local activists after the mosque construction in Istanbul’s protected Validebağ grove was halted has proven short-lived, with Mayor Kadir Topbaş announcing that the court order for a stay of execution had been reversed following the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s appeal.

Turkey’s leading imam wades into Istanbul grove row

The head of Turkey’s top religious body has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove in Istanbul Mehmet Görmez, head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, saying "love for prayer and love for nature should not be compared."

Eyüp Mosque, the Ottomans’ ‘coronation’ mosque

Never shy about the spectacle, the Ottoman Empire’s leaders were all presented with the sword of Osman, an act to show the legitimacy of rule Eyüp is a small village on the south, southwestern side of the Golden Horn outside the walls of Constantinople or the “Old City,” as it is sometimes known.

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