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Ottoman-era cistern found in Istabul

Restoration work on the Nuruosmaniye Mosque in Istanbul has led to the discovery of an Ottoman-era cistern. “We removed 420 trucks’ worth of slime from the cistern. Then the magnificent gallery, cistern and water gauge became visible. The Ottomans used a modern system according to contemporary earthquake regulations. This cistern is

1,000-year-old minaret destroyed in Syria

A 1,000-year-old minaret, part of one of the 11th century Great Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, has been destroyed due to fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops. The state news agency Sana accused rebels of blowing up the 11th-Century minaret of the Umayyad Mosque. However, activists say the minaret was

Minaret collapse prompts examination of old mosques

The tragic collapse of a centuries-old minaret in Morocco, which killed 41 people, has prompted an examination of other old mosques. There has been public criticism of the apparent lack of maintenance of the minaret. Following the urgent appraisal of old mosques ordered by King Mohammed, "the necessary measures

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