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Rizvaniye Mosque and Halil-Ur Rahman Gölü, the Pond of Ibrahim in Şanlıurfa, Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey.

An important religious place for Muslim pilgrims from Turkey and other islamic countries is the Pond of Ibrahim (Abraham) in Urfa with holy carp, a complex of different mosques, the Mausoleum of Job and the cave, where the prophet Ibrahim was born.

According to Islamic belief the King Nimrod wants to burn Ibrahim on a pyre, because he didn´t accept the old belief to different gods. In the Holy Koran is written: “They said: Burn him and protect your gods, if you are going to do anything.” (21:68) and “We said: Oh fire, be cold and peace (safe) for Ibrahim.” (21:69)

Since many hundreds of years people in Urfa and muslim pilgrims from others regions and countries believe, that Allah changed the fire into water and the burning firewood into fish (carp), so Ibrahim was saved.

Şanlıurfa, usually known as “Urfa” is the ancient city Edessa and located in Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. The population in Urfa is mainly Kurdish, even Arabs and Turks live in the region. Most of them are Muslim, but also followers of other religions can be found like Jewish, Armenian, Zaza and Yezids. The region of Urfa has a very old history, archaeologists found various cult places from neolithic ages.

© Photo by Jens Helmstedt

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  • BettinaSchwarz
    BettinaSchwarzover 5 years ago

    love the composition of this shot … beautifully done!

  • Thank you very much Bettina!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 5 years ago

    very nice composition Jens, well done!

  • Thank you very much Anthony!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful composition, I like the framing. Nice light, too, very warm.

  • Thank you so much Eivor!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • jim270
    jim270about 5 years ago

    Beautiful image. Love the natural framing and the light is perfect.

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment James!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    The architecture is beautiful, Jens. An excellent picture. xo

  • Thank you very much for your nice words Lori!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaabout 5 years ago

    Wow, this is fantastic! Love the angle!

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Carol!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 5 years ago

    gorgeous i love views through archways and windows, great work Jens :)

  • Thank you for your nice comment Karin!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful captured, great perspective view, and I like the ancient story. :))

  • Thank you very much Ming! I enjoyed to read your nice words!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago

    soooo beautiful ..wonderful!!!

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Catherine!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoabout 5 years ago

    Jens this is like a dream!!

  • Thank you so much Lorena! I enjoyed to read your nice comments.

    – Jens Helmstedt

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