Blue Mosque
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When you view the early 17th-century Blue Mosque from the outside, you may wonder why it’s called, “blue”. However, step inside the mosque and see that the 45-meter high dome and interior walls are decorated with 21,043 blue tiles - each handcrafted in the workshops of Iznik and Kütahya in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Locally, the mosque is also known as Sultanahmet Mosque: named after Sultan Ahmet I who commissioned the mosque when he was just 19 years old. It would become the last imperial mosque of the Ottoman’s classical period for architecture, the only mosque to have six minarets, and the sultan’s final resting place in 1617 – only a year after the mosque’s completion. Today visitors are free to enter the Blue Mosque after prayer time to view and photograph the colorful interior, but do keep noise and flash photography to a minimum to respect local worshipers who come here to pray throughout the day.
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Nov 6, 2016
Assama M
A place worth to visit in your lifetime. Beautiful calligraphy and architecture. Dont forget to taste the cooked corn outside the mosque. Love Istanbul. read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
Such an amazing structure. A beautiful peaceful place to visit. We visited the outside initially in the evening and it was a beautiful sight with the lights and shadows. Even more stunning during the... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
Beautiful Mosque. Unbelievable Art and Architecture. Great lessons from history about Turkish art and architecture. Entrance is free, but you have to take your shoes off, and be mindful of the... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
Avoid the prayer time, expect a line, wear modestly (women should have a head scarf). The Blue Mosque is huge, with domes, secondary domes and minarets, covered with hand painted tiles. Truly... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
Blue Mosque is very beautiful from inside with all the blue tiles .... Always had the mis conception that it should be blue from outside for it to be named Blue Mosque :) A must visit if you are in... read more>>
Atmeydanı Caddesi 40, 34122 İstanbul
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