Fire damages 15th century Ottoman-era mosque in northern Greece

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SHAFAQNA – The overnight blaze burned through the wooden roof of the Celebi Sultan Mehmed Mosque, also known as Bayezid Mosque, in the town of Didymoticho close to the Greek-Turkish border.

The cause was unclear, though the fire had occurred in the midst of renovation work on the building, completed in 1420. It was a cultural monument rather than a functioning mosque.

“Plumes of smoke are still coming from the building…We should have an idea tomorrow about the cause of the fire,” a fire brigade spokeswoman said.

The fire service had been called in on Tuesday because renovation workers smelled smoke, but no fire was detected when the brigade arrived, she added.

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