Blue Mosque Istanbul

Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Sultanahmet Camii)

The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, is a historical mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built between 1609 and 1616 by the architect Mehmed Ağa, under the patronage of the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. The mosque has a capacity of 10,000 people and is one of the largest in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque gets its name from the blue tiles that adorn its interior walls.

The Sultanahmet Mosque is the oldest and most significant Islamic mosque in Istanbul. It was constructed in 1478 during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, commonly known as Fatih, or ‘the Conqueror’. It was built on the location of the Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles, which had been converted into a mosque during the Turkish conquest of Istanbul in the 7th century. The Sultanahmet Mosque’s ornate decorations include both Islamic and Byzantine designs, with light blue tiles featuring prominently. These tiles are used to decorate the interior walls, and there are also blue tiles on the mosque’s famous Fountain of the Arrows, which lies just outside the building. The tiles on the Fountain of the Arrows depict various animals, including monkeys, elephants, and peacocks. The mosque is also decorated with a large number of Iznik tiles depicting plants and other motifs. Since the Sultanahmet Mosque was built in the 15th century, scholars debate as to whether the tiles were produced in the Ottoman Empire or in the Byzantine Empire.

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