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I discovered that this Istanbul mosque was far more central to community life far than I ever imagined. A sanctuary from the city heat, it was both a source of wonder and admiration for visitors, a corner to sleep or pray in for locals, a place for women to study together, a family meeting place, even children played on the velvety carpet and rode bicycles in the courtyard. A lone person walked across in a second of solitude, just a glimpse of the wonder of this place.