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Blue Mosque In Istanbul

Explore the Marvelous Architecture at the Blue Mosque

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Turkey)

Also known as the Sultan Ahmet mosque after the name of the Sultan who built it, Blue mosque is one of the major historical places of Istanbul and is functional even today. Built by Sultan Ahmet 1 during 1609-1616, the Blue mosque has a lot of importance in the Istanbul history. This mosque is located at Hagia Sophia and contains the tomb of the emperor. The Blue mosque is given as the tiles in this mosques are hand painted in blue color and when the night arrives, the mosques can be seen beaming in blue with the moonlight. With 6 minarets and 260 windows, decorated with handmade ceramic Iznik tiles that were made by the laborers; adds charm to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

History of Blue Mosque

Now a popular tourist attraction, Blue Mosque was built during the regime of Ahmed I somewhere between 1609 and 1616. Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques, Sultan Ahmet mosque is visited by lots of people throughout the year, from all over the world. People come here to offer their prayers, to view the fascinating architecture and to get to know about the Istanbul history attached with it.

It is said the Sultan built this mosque with the aim of reasserting the Ottoman power and rule. Apart from that, the architecture of the mosque is worthy of appreciation. One can simply not stop admiring the beauty of the Blue mosque during the night time.

There are many legends attached to this famous mosque. One of the most famous legends is the story behind the 6 minarets. Usually in a mosque there are either 2 or 4 minarets but the Blue mosque has six minarets. The story goes that the emperor asked the laborers to make gold minarets but it was misheard that the emperor asked to make 6 minarets due to which the mosque is having 6 minarets.

Attractions of Blue Mosque

One of the most peculiar things about this mosque is that it consists of six beautiful minarets, however, mosques usually have only two or four minarets. The story behind this is considered to be a misunderstanding between the Sultan and the architect. It is said that the Sultan instructed the architect to build altin minarets, i.e., gold minarets, however, the architect mistook it for alti minarets, i.e., six minarets. Moreover, its blue interior decor is also a point of amazement. There is no doubt that this mosque is one of the most bewitching wonders of Turkish history.

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    What is the name of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul?

     

    Famously known as the Blue Mosque, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is its real name. The name is kept after the name of the Sultan during whose regime the mosque was built. 

    What do you wear to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul?

     

    Tourists keen to visit the Blue Mosque are recommended to wear clothing that covers their arms and body above the knees (both for men and women). Moreover, women are required to wear a headscarf. If your clothing is considered informal, you will be provided with a robe at the entrance of the mosque.

    Can you go inside the Blue Mosque?

    It is a mosque and place of worship, therefore, you can go inside this place. However, it is advisable to keep quiet and respect the surroundings. As soon as you step into the mosque, you can feel a sense of calmness and serene vibe.

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