"See The Blue Mosque! 'Blue' is..." Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque Tip by Valentina777


See The Blue Mosque! 'Blue' is an appropriate adjective to describe this distinctive mosque of old Istanbul since exquisite blue Iznik tiles cover the interior walls. It was inaugurated in 1616 by Ahmet I, one of the youngest sultans to rule the Ottoman Empire. (He ascended the throne at age 12 and reigned for 15 years.) The mosque's architect Mehmet Aga was a student of the famous Sinan, the Ottoman architect responsible for the magnificent Süleymaniye. The Blue Mosque was built in only seven years and was perhaps Aga's way of showing the world he could outdo not only his master but also the Byzantine architects who designed the renowned cathedral St.Sophia, which the Aga's mosque resembles in many ways. Interestingly, the two face one another across Sultanahmet Square.

Address: Sultanahmet district
Phone: +90 212 518 13 19
Website: http://www.sultanahmetcami.org/

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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