National Geographic : 1945 May
00 Turkish Press Bureau Immense Candelabra Overhang the Faithful Praying in Istanbul's Richly CarpetedMosque ofSultan Ahmed I Pillars, inscribed in Arabic, are 72 feet around. Hafizes, those who know the Koran by heart, sit in the gallery.Beyond it,the mihrab orgroove inthe wall, points to Mecca. From the pulpit steps was read the fateful 1826 decree abolishing the Janizaries, the professional soldier corps. Rebelling, some 40,000 were killed. While building his mosque in 1609-16, pious young Sultan Ahmed toiled each Friday with his workmen.