"---" Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmed Mosque Tip by Phalaenopsis03

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The Blue Mosque, founded by Sultan Ahmet I was constructed between 1609 and 1616. This grand mosque differs from all other mosques in Istanbul because of its six minarets. This is significant because four minarets are the norm. Additionally, the building has 26 granite columns covered by small domes. At the center of the courtyard is a sadirvan, which is a fountain used before prayer for ritual ablutions, but in this case, it only serves as decoration.

The Blue Mosque's interior is simply stunning with lights flooding in from all direction and the dominant color here is blue, from which the building derives its name. The blue comes from the Iznik tiles (high quality ceramics) which cover the ceiling, walls, and columns. Carpeting the floors are beautiful Turkish rugs.

When visiting here, just remember that this is still a religious facility and that Muslim worshippers come to pray her five times a day. During these prayer times, the mosque is closed.

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

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2006
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