"SULTAN AHMET CAMII ? BLUE MOSQUE" Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque Tip by mtncorg
Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul: 254 reviews and 565 photos
The Blue Mosque stands across parks to the south as a counterpoint to the Aya Sofya. Built in 1616 for Sultan Ahmed I, who died but one year later at the young age of 27 ? his tomb/türbe is close by. The Blue Mosque is one of the most magnificent buildings in the Islamic world. The six minarets were controversial at the time of construction since that equaled the number surrounding the El Haram Mosque which encloses the Ka?aba in Mecca. The architect of the Blue Mosque, Mehmet Ağa, was dispatched to Arabia subsequently so he could add a seventh minaret to El Haram.
Four massive columns support a dome that is almost as big as that of Aya Sofya ? 22m/70 feet diameter and 43 m/142 feet high. More than 20,000 turquoise Iznik tiles glow inside the mosque from light filtering through some 260 windows. As are the other former Imperial mosques ? with the exception of Ay Sofya ? the Blue Mosque is a functioning worship center so tourists can only enter when services are not ongoing.
Address: Sultanahmet district
Phone: +90 212 518 13 19
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