We thought we’d left the black and white striped architecture back in Syria, but here it is again in Diyarbakir.

This is the interior of the Ulu Camii (the Great Mosque) which was originally a Roman temple and then the church of St Thomas before being converted into a mosque following the Arab conquest in 639.

You can see its Roman origins in the columns in the courtyard.

And the Christian connection is visible in the shape of the main prayer hall.

But the painted wooden ceiling in the entrance is pure Seljuk and dates from a restoration of the mosque in 1115.

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