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The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmet Camii, also known as the “Blue Mosque,” is located southwest of the Hagia Sophia.  It was built on the grounds of the old Byzantine Palace to the east of the Hippodrome by Sultan Ahmet I.  It was completed in 1616 and is one of the main mosques (Turkish = “Camii”) of Istanbul.

 

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et-Tell/Bethsaida

et–Tell is located 1 mi. north of the Sea of Galilee. It is a large 22 acre mound. 

The site was probably the capital of the kingdom of Geshur—the place that one of David’s wives (the mother of Absalom) was from (2 Sam 3:3; 13–20-38).  The most important archaeological finds are from this period.

Its identification with New Testament Bethsaida is possible, but not certain.  Bethsaida was the home of Philip, Andrew, and Peter—disciples of Jesus, and there Jesus performed a number of miracles including the healing of a blind man and the feeding of the 5,000.

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