As recently as the late 20th century, Galata rang with the songs and street-games of Jewish children speaking Judeo-Spanish.
Today most of Istanbul's Jews live in more desirable residential quarters, though Galata's synagogues are still in use.
The New Mosque (Yeni Cami), in Istanbul's Eminönü district on the Golden Horn at the southern end of Galata Bridge, is officially the Mosque of the Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) because it was commissioned by Safiye, mother of Sultan Mehmet III in 1597.<br />
After her son died, Safiye was no longer Queen Mother, with a queen's powers and revenues, so her mosque...
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