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Guardian of the Blue Mosque

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Istanbul's 400-year old Sultan Ahmed Mosque, otherwise known as theBlue Mosque for its blue-tiled interior, is one of only two mosques inTurkey that has six minarets. Before the public address system wasintroduced, muezzin, or prayer-callers, would climb their narrow spiralstaircases five times a day to announce the call to prayer. But whenCharles Annenberg Weingarten tries to replicate their ascent, he has anunexpected encounter in the dark stairway.

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