The Shunned Mosque

Part-NIC-Nic6388787-1-1-0.jpgA crumbling ruin in Constantinople. Since the War no one seems willing to either raze or restore it and ownership of the land is lost in the labyrinths of bureaucracy. Local children consider it haunted and dare each other to climb the fences surrounding it — though few do, since not everyone who does comes out.

The area has long had an ill reputation. The mosque was built in 1820 by a rich merchant, but it was never popular and fell into disrepair, becoming a lair and hideout for gangs of thugs and thieves. The merchant had bought the land at a cheap price since the previous owners were to be said to be infidels who trafficked with djinn and committed other blasphemes. Some architectural remnants and blasphemous mosaics can still be found within, behind modern renovations.

But dark stories go back as far as the 12th Century, when the sorcerer Sedefkar was said to have build his Red Tower on the site. This was destroyed when the city was sacked in the Fourth Crusade.

The Shunned Mosque

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