Blue Mosque, Istanbul..... The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul..... The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.

Mimar Sinan Mosque / Details. Istanbul, Turkey

Mimar Sinan Mosque / Details. Istanbul, Turkey

Rustem Pasa Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Rustem Pasa Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Nusretiye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Nusretiye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey:  The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world, until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent transformed the then church into a mosque, added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia.  by MichaelLevy

Istanbul, Turkey: The Aya Sophia was built at the direction of Emperor Justine in the 6th century and has served as both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church -- and for nearly 1000 years the largest in the world, until St Peter’s basilica was built. In 1453 the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul and at this point Süleyman the Magnificent transformed the then church into a mosque, added the minarets and changed the name to Aya Sofia. by MichaelLevy

İstanbul!

İstanbul!

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul (Turkey).

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul (Turkey).

Blue Mosque /Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Istanbul, Turkey. 1616

Blue Mosque /Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Istanbul, Turkey. 1616

Mahidevran Gülbahar Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: ماه دوران سلطان, c. 1500 – 3 February 1581) was haseki sultan to Suleiman the Magnificent and mother of Şehzade Mustafa, Şehzade Ahmed and Raziye Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Mahidevran Gülbahar Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: ماه دوران سلطان, c. 1500 – 3 February 1581) was haseki sultan to Suleiman the Magnificent and mother of Şehzade Mustafa, Şehzade Ahmed and Raziye Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

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