The Sultan Ahmet Mosque located in Istanbul, is one of the most famous mosque of the world. This building, also known as "Blue Mosque" due to its Blue Iznik tiles, was built by Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616. This work made by Mehmet Aga was highly criticized in those days for the reason that Ottoman built splendid building like this in the period of stagnation. Another reason for the criticism of the Blue Mosque is the fact that it has 6 minarets and that is thought that it is against Mecca architecture. Despite everything, the Blue Mosque is a fascinating building that ranks first in the list of places to visit in Istanbul.
Among the works and works you should definitely see in this world famous museum are the Iznik tiles used in the decoration of the building, the minbar dating from the 17th century, the dome decorated with eye-catching designs, the hexagonal fountain and the ablution located in the courtyard. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which contains overtones from both Ottoman and Byzantine architecture, is located just opposite Hagia Sophia. The mosque which has a large courtyard is 43 meters high. There are more than two hundred windows in the building. When daylight shines on the windows, it creates a unique harmony on the tiles. But over time, with the renewal of the broken glasses, the color and light harmony was deteriorated. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) is one of the most magnificent mosques in the world.
Over time, it has compromised on its this splendor Unfortunately, embroidered glasses, precious chandeliers and verses written by using calligraphy, of the mosque were damaged over the time by looting, natural catastrophes and the human factor. But despite everything, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which has kept up since the 17th century, maintains its religious, historical and architectural significance.
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Sultan Ahmet Mosque Visiting Informations
Address: Sultan Ahmet Neighborhood, Sultan Ahmet Camii, 34200 Fatih Istanbul
Transportation: You can reach here by getting off the tram in Sultanahmet station or by getting off Taksim – Beyazit buses in Beyazit.
Opening Days and Hours: The mosque can be visited between 08:30 – 12:30, 14:00 – 16:15, 17:15 – 18:30. Also on Fridays, the opening time is 14:30.
Entrance Fees: Entrance is free.