The Beautiful Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.dscf8890dscf8907dscf8912dscf8942dscf8944dscf8947

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Behind me is the prayer areadscf8974dscf8990dscf8995dscf9004

One of the six minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque with two balconies. dscf9006

Aches with design in the outdoor inner courtyard of the Mosquedscf9007Wearing: Forever 21 Top, Zara pants, Micheal Kors purse, Tods shoes, purple Swatch watch and scarf

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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,

Evelina

My time in Turkey was a G Adventures trip. G Adventures  is the largest small group adventure travel company in the world. 

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86 thoughts on “The Beautiful Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  1. Beautiful pictures with a beautiful girl. Dived into the mosque accompanied by you. Feels like I am there, into that beautiful world with such a beautiful girl by my side.
    P.S.- You should come and visit India especially Tajmahal. I’m sure you’ll love it. I hope you won’t turn it down.

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    1. Thank you so much for such kind compliments as always. Glad my photos make you feel as if you are there in real life, I guess I’m doing a good job at blogging and making readers enjoy what I love. India surely is on my list as the Taj is on my bucket list of Wonders of the World. Hopefully one day I’ll visit as I too am sure I’d love my time there.

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  2. I was there in 1976. It’s great to see it hasn’t changed one little bit. A magnificent place of worship. Thanks for the great images. Brought back many pleasant memories.

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  3. Great photos and description of a truly magnificent mosque! I understand that the Iznik tiles have not been able to be replicated. They are unique! Thanks for posting.

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, it is indeed magnificent in all its magnitude. I have also heard that, they could not be replicated as they are made by hand one by one therefore no two tiles can ever be the same adding to the value of the interior. You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed this post.

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    1. Thank you so much. Even more beautiful and grand in real life. The pictures are a mere glimpse. I love those doors too, that’s why I took a picture with them. I love doors around the world as they can be so majestic.

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  4. Thanks for bring these treasures to light… How have you been? I haven’t been able to catch up or catch my breath lately. LoL! Hope all is going well and will hopefully find more time to catch up on some reading… 🙂 (And writing)

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