Istanbul travel guide


Istanbul Travel Guide

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) is one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. Historically, the city of Istanbul served as capital of the Ottoman Empire and several mosques were constructed around the city at that time. This historical building was constructed between the years of 1609 and 1616 by the order of the Sultan Ahmed I. The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) has been since the last year, one of the most important touristic attractions of Istanbul.

The brilliant mind who was responsible for designing this magnificent mosque was the architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Aga. The architect chose built the mosque on the southeastern part of the big hippodrome and the great palace. That is why this mosque is considered as the last big mosque that was created on the classical period.

Sultan Ahmet Camii The mosque has in its interior more than 20,000 ceramic tiles which were created by hand. Visitors are going to find out that in the upper levels there are some blue paints and windows with colorful and amazing designs that contrast perfectly with the daylight. The mosque was perfectly decorated with verses made by the most important calligrapher at this time, Seyyid Kasim Gubari.

Tourists can find on the floor of the mosque a large number of stunning carpets with vibrant colors. However, the most emblematic and interesting item of the mosque is the astonishing mihrab which was elaborated with pure marble. Right next door to the “mihrab” (niche that is located in a wall that marks the right direction of the Mecca), tourists can find another spectacular thing that is called “minber” (Mosque pulpit)and it is perfectly decorated. There are several lamps around the mosque. These lamps were covered by gold and precious stones during the Ottoman Empire.

Nowadays, during summer evenings, visitors can enjoy the most entertaining narrations in a festival that is held in the mosque at 9 PM. Fortunately, the narrations are provided in several languages such as French, English, German, Russian and Turkish.

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