National Geographic : 1912 Jan
THE SPLENDID MOSQUE Of YENI VALIDEH DJAMI, "THE MOST ELEGANT MOSQUE WICH EXISTS AT CONSTANTINOPLE" It is built of white marble. Its interior is profusely decorated with intricate mosaics, mother of pearl, and precious tiles. "The scores of columns which sustain the galleries within were brought from the plain of Troy, and may have once been set up in temples named by Homer. One column, of such peculiar rose as is rarely seen, was brought as a trophy from Crete, in 1645, by the victorious Kapoudan Pasha Yousouf. This pasha was counted the handsomest man of his time. His beauty and the roseate marble could not save him; or, rather, they caused his death. A jealous rival accused him of having brought a worthless colored stone to the Sultan, while keeping a column of solid gold for himself. The luckless admiral was speedily deposed from office, and shortly sent to execution. " Edwin A. Grosvenor, in "Constantinople."