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Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed I between 1603 and 1617 by Sedefkar Mehmed Ağa, the Imperial Architect and student of Mimar Sinan. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue glazed tiles used on its interior design. In total 21 thousands and 43 hand printed glazed tile were used in the mosque.

The place of worship of the mosque measures 64x72 meters and the diameter of the main dome, which is 43 meters high, is 23.5 meters. The mosque is one of the 5 mosques with 6 minarets and it is the first 6 minaret mosque built in Turkey at that time. Sultan Ahmed, who had the mosque built with 6 minarets, was accused of disrespect by some people living at that time. The reason for this is that there are also 6 minarets in the Kaaba. After that Sultan Ahmed had the seventh minaret built on the Kaaba.  Another interesting feature of the mosque is the number of balconies on its minarets. There are 16 balconies on the 6 minarets of the mosque, which symbolize Sultan Ahmed's becoming the 16th Ottoman Sultan.


Located next to Hagia Sophia, the mosque was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1985 and is a popular tourist destination.