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Eight enormous calligraphic medallions hang from the base of the various apse arches. At 24 feet in diameter, they’re said to be the largest Islamic calligraphic art in the world. The one you see here bears the name of Muhammed, while the others are painted with the names of Allah and leading figures in Islam. The intricate gilded cage beneath the medallion is the Sultan’s loge, his personal prayer platform.

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