Photos And Information About Istanbul Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque is the symbol mosque of Istanbul city, even though it is not the largest mosque of Istanbul.
The locals mention the name of the mosque as Sultanahmet Mosque while foreign visitors call it Blue mosque due to its interior decoration. The reason that people call it Blue Mosque caused by the splendid blue mosaics of Iznik city.
Ottomans were famous for producing best quality of tiles, mosaics and pottery throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, therefore you may see the best examples of this unique art at Istanbul’s mosques, museums, tombs.
Photos Of Famous Blue Mosque Also Known As Sultan Ahmed Mosque
I am using a Nikon D90 camera coupled with several professional lenses. I took these photos with Nikon D90 and Tokina 11-16 wide angle zoom lens combination. I hope you enjoy the photos of Blue Mosque.
Entrance Gate Of The Blue Mosque
Visitors Of The Blue Mosque In The Courtyard
History Of The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque is built by Sultan Ahmed I. The chief architect of the early 17th century Sedefkar Mehmed Agha was commissioned for the construction. Sultan Mehmed was a very young ruler when he ordered the mosque to be built. He was around 19 years old.
They started to build the mosque in 1609 and finished it in 1616 which took only seven years. Young Sultan was 26 years old when he saw his beloved mosque finished. However unfortunately he died from cancer soon afterwards. He wa able to enjoy his mosque only a year.
Sultan Ahmed I is buried in a nice looking tomb which is located on the corner of the mosque. He immortalized himself by building this great mosque which is the most popular tourist attraction in Istanbul city.
Blue Mosque Architecture From The Courtyard
The Great Dome Of Blue Mosque With Excellent Colours
Blue Mosque Architecture
Blue Mosque is one of the grandest mosque of Istanbul and Turkey. There are two mosques that are bigger than the Blue Mosque in term of capacity and size. They are named as Selimiye Mosque and Süleymaniye Mosque. Both of them built by the most famous architect of the Ottoman Empire named Mimar Sinan.
Süleymaniye Mosque is located very near to Grand Bazaar. You might consider this largest mosque of Istanbul fater visiting the world-famous Grand Bazaar.
Blue Mosques Unique Architecture With Massive Columns
Blue Mosque Opening Hours
Blue Mosque is opening around 08:30 a.m. in the morning. It is open until late afternoon 19:00. However it closed for touristic visitors for some certain hours during the day. Following the calling the prayer woshippers come to the mosque and pray.
So the mosque is closed for noon prayer, late afternoon prayer and evening prayer during the 12 hours of time that is open for touristic visit. You can get near the mosque during your visit to the old city, to check the daily updated opening and closing hours.
Please also note that mosque is closed half a day for Friday due to the congregational prayer Cuma (Jama).
Worshippers Praying In The Blue Mosque
Photos And Article By Serhat Engul