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"Yeni Valide Mosque in Üsküdar"
From the Album of Constantinople
With the tuğra of Sultan Abdülhamid II
By Photoglob Zürich, ca. 1890
Photochrom print, hand-tinted and mounted on boards
Binding: full leather with gold tooling
Ömer M. Koç, private collection