The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is also known as The Blue Mosque because of the hand painted Blue Iznik tiles adorning the interior. This overwhelming architectural project is one of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen and immersed myself in.
Outdoor inner courtyard
Behind me is the prayer area
One of the six minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque with two balconies.
Aches with design in the outdoor inner courtyard of the MosqueWearing: Forever 21 Top, Zara pants, Micheal Kors purse, Tods shoes, purple Swatch watch and scarf
Every angle of The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is of true beauty.
In the late Classical period of the 1600s, this Mosque was primarily built to regain the Ottoman power. A building like no other, The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a mix of traditional Islamic architecture with Byzantine Christian elements similar to the Ayasofya. The Ayasofya was built as a Church turned in a Mosque and then into a museum. The Sultan Ahmed and Ayasofya are built face to face and still today stand together in the core of the city of Istanbul, Turkey. (More on Ayasofya in next weeks post)
Incredibly majestic, The Sultan Ahmed shines in its splendor with six slender minarets, fives main curvy domes, eight secondary ones while worshipers and non-worshipers come together at the Mosque. This was the first Mosque to be built with six minarets other then the Ka’aba at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Since then a ninth minaret was added to Ka’aba.
The Sultan Ahmed is both a tourist attraction to be enjoyed and an active Mosque. The melodious Call to prayer takes place several times per day and during prayer time, the Mosque is closed to tourist.
The beauty of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is both exterior and interior. The exterior is decorated with a lovely succession of arches with a large beautiful outdoor inner courtyard. I truly loved sitting there appreciating the beautiful architecture of the arcade with perfect pointed arcs and designs.
As for the interior, it is just as stunning as the exterior if not more. The interior made with more than 20 000 hand made blue Iznik ceramic tiles creates a wonderfully serene and inviting mosaic to be enjoyed. The tiles are hand painted with flowers especially tulips and with fruits designs. There are also cursive golden hand painted Quranic Arabic verses adding life and intensifying the splendid interior.
All together this Mosque is a true architectural beauty hence why I called this post The beauty of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
Until next time,