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A. Yaşar, “The Construction of Commercial Space in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul: The Case of Büyük Yeni Han,” ODTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Dergisi, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 183–200, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: