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The Blue Mosque

May 30, 2014

You can't visit the Hagia Sophia without noticing the grandiose Blue Mosque just across the green park area.
In fact, it is a much larger mosque with 6 minarets and still in use for religious ceremonies.

The real name is Sultan Ahmed Mosque, but due to the abundance of blue-coloured tiles (both outside and inside), it's also known as The Blue Mosque. In fact, Westerners use this latter name more frequently.

It was built between 1609-1616.

Hosts 10,000 and it 43 m high (240 ft), has 6 minarets (each having 64 m or 210 ft).

Beautiful Hagia Sophia

What a beautiful sight, isn't it?

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The timing of this visit to the Blue Mosque wasn't the best, because a crowd was preparing for prayer. Respecting the traditions, I stopped photographing and left the area.

A gate...

A gate...

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A large crowd of people were washing their feet and hands before entering for the prayers. This is where you can also find a number of toilets.

The Blue Mosque was built under the rule of Sultan Ahmed I. and it contains a madrasa (school), the founder's tomb and a hospice.

Following major losses in wars with the Persians, Sultan Ahmed I. ordered the construction of this mosque in order to determine God to help him.

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