Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, wearing a head scarf, visits the Ottoman era Green mosque in
Bursa, western Turkey, Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II began her first
visit to Turkey in 37 years on Tuesday, praising the predominantly Muslim country's role as a
bridge between West and the Islamic world. (AP Photo/Riza Ozel, Pool)
May 14, 2008
BURSA, Turkey—Queen Elizabeth II listened to a recital of the Quran at an Ottoman-era mosque
Wednesday, the second day of a state visit to Turkey.
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Her shoes removed and her head covered, the queen heard a religious scholar recite verses from
the holy book at the 15th-century Green Mosque.
Earlier, the British monarch watched a traditional Ottoman shadow puppet show and a fashion
show. She also visited a silk market in Bursa, a city that once was an Ottoman capital.
The queen is making her first visit to Turkey in nearly 37 years to highlight the importance
Britain attaches to the predominantly Muslim country that is vying for European Union membership.
On Tuesday, she praised Turkey's role as a bridge between the West and the Muslim world.
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