"Blue is the colour" Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque Tip by TheLongTone

 
 

The Sultan Ahmet, or Blue Mosque- so-called because of its interior cladding of blue and white tiles - is one of those 'if-you're-there-you-do that' things. And as is often the case, I thought it rather failed to justify this status. Certainly it's setting is splendid, sitting on the end of the promontery of the Old City and dominating the skyline as seen from the Sea of Marmara. And it does contain a lot of blue and white tiles: and certainly the luminous glory of the quibla wall, with its tiers of stained glass windows, is breathtaking. But I found the space itself unsatisfactory, lacking that sense of harmony that I particularly associate with Islamic architecture. It's those vast pillars, which can only really be described as clumsy. And it's being almost solidly packed with tourists didn't help, either.There are several other mosques whose overall architectural impact is far greater.

Address: Sultanahmet district
Phone: +90 212 518 1319
Website: http://www.sultanahmetcami.org/

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2009
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