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Fifteen galleries for the Arts of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia

After a comprehensive eight-year construction project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open its Galleries for the Arts of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia in fall 2011, in a newly renovated space of nearly 19,000 square feet (1,800 square meters). Fifteen galleries are grouped by geographical region around a central space overlooking the Roman Court below.

Hagia Sofia ring on sale on 28 April 2010 at Christies Dubai

The ring will be on sale 28 April 2010 at Christies Dubai. Estimate (Set Currency) $15,000 - $20,000. It is the central citrine reverse-intaglio depicting 'Hagia Sophia' set within an inverted diamond surround, to the three-colour mount, in a Sevan Bicacki grey suede pouch, ring size 7 3/4 with maker's mark for Sevan Bicakci.

Nuru Osmaniye mosque

The most beautiful mosque of this period is Nuru Osmaniye, located in the heart of old Istanbul, next to the large bazaar. Its size and beauty transcends all subsequent projects, and it could be said to represent, somewhat, a happy blend of European and classical Ottoman architectural style. However, this relationship was not natural, and later, in that sense, nothing significant could't be expected. We could say Nuru Osmaniye was a first and the last successful attempt of such direction.