The Sultan Ahmed 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. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. #bluemosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to during the rule of Ahmed I. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.

Silhouette of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia at sunset, Istanbul, Turkey #bluemosque

Silhouette of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia at sunset as seen from the Asian side, Istanbul, Turkey Sultan Ahmet cami ve Ayasofya İstanbul Türkiye

The Sultanahmet Mosque has the unusual feature of having six minarets. The six minarets were a matter of contention and a first, since four minarets were the common maximum. Only after one more minaret was added to the Masjid al-Haram, Grand Mosque, in Mecca was the six minarets issue settled. The northeastern minaret was restored in 1955. #bluemosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish Sultanahmet Camii, Ottoman Turkish and Arabic مَسجِدُ السلطان أحمد pr. masjedu alsultane Ahmad) is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire

A heavy iron chain hangs in the upper part of the court entrance on the western side. Only the sultan was allowed to enter the court of the mosque on horseback. The chain was put there, so that the sultan had to lower his head every time he entered the court in order not to get hit. This was done as a symbolic gesture, to ensure the humility of the ruler in the face of the divine. #bluemosque

This shall be the entrance for Sultanahmet Mosque, one of the most prestigious and known Mosque on Earth. Tourists like to call it the Blue Mosque due to her night lighting.

A view of the Blue Mosque from a window of Ayasofya #bluemosque

Istanbul PIctures Hagia Sophia

The qibla wall has been differentiated in its design from the other walls to accommodate its special function. Where the peripheral extensions on three sides are covered with three semi-domes, the qibla recess is composed with two semi-domes on the sides, joining a straight wall in between, where the tall marble frame of the mihrab niche is positioned at the center. #ottoman #architecture #bluemosque

The qibla wall has been differentiated in its design from the other walls to accommodate its special function. Where the peripheral extensions on three sides are covered with three semi-domes, the qibla recess is composed with two semi-domes on the sides, joining a straight wall in between, where the tall marble frame of the mihrab niche is positioned at the center. #ottoman #architecture #bluemosque

The dome sits on pendentives carried on four colossal piers or "elephant feet" that delineate the central court. Beyond the court, the space is extended by use of semi-domes and buttresses that transfer the lateral loads to piers set inside the walls. #architecture #ottoman #bluemosque

The dome sits on pendentives carried on four colossal piers or "elephant feet" that delineate the central court. Beyond the court, the space is extended by use of semi-domes and buttresses that transfer the lateral loads to piers set inside the walls.

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