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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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Wheat was grown throughout the Middle East wherever there was at least 12 inches of rainfall every year.  Fields were plowed in the fall, after the early rains, and then sown immediately.  The wheat grew during the rainy winter months and was harvested in the late spring/early summer.

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