It was just an average mosque, maybe because of my middle eastern origin, but for me, if it weren't for aya Sofia close to it, I would have been very disappointed for making the effort to go there. I would say it is really good that it's for free.
This is a fully functioning mosque and as such you must dress appropriately - no shorts etc... Non worshippers must use the entrance at the south door (not the main door).
The Blue Mosque was built to rival the beauty of Haghia Sofia... does it??? hm... they are both so beautiful - who can say!
This mosque has 6 minarets (only a sultan was allowed to add more than one minaret - Sultan Ahmet I commissioned this one). There are 260 windows and apparently the bil interior tiles are in the tens of thousands.
The mosque closes during prayer times.
A second look at Blue mosque was a great opportunity to observe some missed aspects.
First of all, that this mosque, built in the 17Th century,was strongly inspired in Hagia Sophia, adding Byzantine elements to Ottoman style.
The second one is that "Blue mosque" is a strange name for a Portuguese - we are used to blue interiors by the use of tiles, and the result of the wonderful tiles inside the mosque is not so blue.
The third and last one is that the beautiful mosque continues beautiful, and visited out of peak season (though always with many people), gives another sensation of calm and peace.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque is another impressive structure that makes a perfect match with Hagia Sophia church (they face each other). It was first built to show the supremacy of Islam over Christianity but we did both on the same day and enjoyed it! I cant tell which one is better (if that matters) but the great difference of course is that Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built 1000 years after Hagia Sophia in 1616 ;)
It was the early 17th century when Mehmet Aga started to built the impressive mosque for Sultan Ahmet I. It took 7 years (1609-1616) and the style is a mix of byzantine and Islamic features but the most impressive that time was that it had 6 minarets while usually the mosques have 4. The problem was that Ka’aba in Mecca had also 6 minarets so the Sultan built an extra minaret at Ka’aba to stop criticism. Some people claim that that the architect heard wrong because the words gold (altin) and six (alti) sound similar in Turkish.
It’s also called the Blue Mosque because the interior houses about 20,000 blue tiles from Iznik.
Except Friday (when they have the big muslim prayer) the non muslim visitors can tour inside. Don’t forget that the mosque is still in active use so respect the rules and take your shoes off at the door, no shorts or skirts of course, the women have to cover their heads also.
There’s no entrance fee but donations are welcomed
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (in Turkish, the Sultanahmet Camii) was constructed between 1609 and 1616, by Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Ahmed I. Due to the blue tiles inside the building, it is often called the Blue Mosque. The capacity of this huge structure is 10,000 worshippers.
The architecture is considered to be a blend of Byzantine and traditional Islamic styles. Perhaps the most unique feature outside the mosque is its six minarets rather than the traditional four. When constructed, this mosque had the same number of minarets as the Ka'aba in Mecca; to overcome criticism the Sultan soon built a seventh minaret at the Ka'aba.
The Blue Mosque is located alongside the hippodrome on the site of the former Great Palace of Byzantium.
Stunningly beautiful mosque built by Mehmet Aga for Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. It contains more than 20,000 Iznik tiles and 260 stained glass windows. It is an operating mosque so you'll have to take your shoes off at the door. I found a corner, sat down, relaxed and took it all in for about half an hour.
Although it is not blue in colour from the external view,it is really made up by blue iznik tiles in the interior part of this majestic mosque.One thing to highlight is that it is build up with 6 minarets,in which no other mosques in this country have.Muslims are welcomed to pray inside,and non-muslims can get inside too,and leave your shoes when entering praying hall
Note to non-muslims:
Wear suitable clothes,No shorts n skirts,its a mosque
Dont go on Friday afternoon.there'll be Friday prayer.
This is a picture of the mosque showing only 4 of its 6 minarets! It was completed in 1616. The "blue" in the title refers to the predominant color of the tiles -- my memory was how white it was inside with the light streaming in.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque , was built between 1609- 1616 by Sultan Ahmed I and it was named after him. It is also know as The Blue Mosque , cause of blue color , which dominates .
It is classical mosque with 6 minarets . It has 23 m in diametar and it is 43 m hight. It has 260 windows.
The floor of the mosque is covered with donated carpets . Before you enter the Mosque , you have to take of your shoes ( you 'll even get a bag for your shoes ) .
It was really impressive experience ( it was my first time in a Mosque ) .
It 's looks brings you back in time like in some fairytale ....
If want to see beauty, grandeur and history the I feel you will come to the right place. It certain covers all. I have to say it has been some years since I last visited but nevertheless you can not for get in your mind on how it looks.
It is massive once you walk in and see the amazing tiles and architectural appeal.
May seem weird for a Turk to say this the only downside for me personally speaking is the idea that you must be covered especially on your head. I am not religious whatsoever and that is my reasoning
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