Because I heard this magnificent mosque with six minarets was also known as the Blue Mosque, I couldn't distinguish it at first glance. Its appearance was not blue. The name derived from its interior color. Its interior was decorated with the enormous number of blue tiles made in Iznik.
The mosque was so huge that seven years had passed till it had been finished in 1616. And it is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites as one of the architectures in 'Historic Areas of Istanbul'.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is an Ottoman-era mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, the principal mosque of Istanbul until the Blue Mosque's construction and another popular tourist site.
November 9, 2005
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