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I remain in Istanbul in the summer of 1974. This is from somewhere in the center of the city. I have no memory of taking this, but as far as I can tell it was not far from Istanbul University, near the 16th century Beyazıt Mosque (also known as Bayezid II Mosque), which you can see in the WS photos.

Obviously I thought this clothes market, probably for second hand items, was worth an expensive Kodachrome photo, and I even took two more photos after walking a few more meters, to where the mosque was seen in the background. But looking at the Google map, from all around the mosque, I can't find any place looking even remotely like this today. Is it possible that even streets in this central part of the city have changed so completely in less than 45 years? Or is there another mosque identical to the Beyazıt, meaning I have mixed them up?

I will not find out, unless Mesut can assist me.

Anyway, as I said, this is a scan from a Kodachrome slide. Two more pictures from the clothes market, where it was turning into a fruit market, can be seen in the WS along with the mosque and different choices of depth of field.

You can see the mosque by using the map coordinates 41.01027 28.96430, but the area doesn't look like here.

Here is a large version of the main photo.

WS #1

WS #2

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