A Muslim man performs the namaz prayers on a rooftop in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Many people in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir are religious, especially the older generation. Part of being religious usually means faithfully performing the daily prayers at the sound of the ezan from the mosque minarets. Although performing the namaz at the precise time of the call to prayer is not required, doing it five times a day is. When a Turkish person wants to say someone is religious, he might often just use the expression, “he does the namaz five times.” The elderly gentleman in this picture seems to fall into that category.
Muslim visitors contemplate a picture of Mecca in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Mosque.
The roof of Mehmet Abi’s house was not left abandoned after Eren and his best man had finished raining confetti on the bride below. Wives, sisters, nieces and neighbors continued to crowd the balcony, watching as the happy couple embraced well-wishers in the dirt yard below.
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Originally a chapel built in the 1300’s to commemorate St. Gregory in his hometown village of Guzelyurt, Turkey, this building was later converted to a mosque. Today it stands out as one of the most visible structures in a land of invisible structures: the Monastery Valley in the Cappadocia region of central Anatolia. The length of the valley is dotted with Byzantine Orthodox monastery cave chapels, carved from the soft volcanic stone in the valley.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi