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Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)

The greatest mosque in Istanbul was built between 1609 and 1616 by the architect Mehmet Agha, a student of the great Sinan. It was constructed on the orders of the 14th Ottoman Sultan, Ahmet I (reigned 1603-17). It is known as the Blue Mosque because of the mostly blue and green tiles which decorate the walls and domes. It is the only mosque in the Ottoman world with six minarets, which between them have a total of sixteen balconies
01 Distant view 87003335.jpg
01 Distant view 87003335.jpg
02 Approach to Mosque 87002604.jpg
02 Approach to Mosque 87002604.jpg
03 Entrance Gate 87002898.jpg
03 Entrance Gate 87002898.jpg
04 Inner Courtyard 87002899.jpg
04 Inner Courtyard 87002899.jpg
05 Interior 87002592.jpg
05 Interior 87002592.jpg
06 Mihr‚b, Minbar and Lodge 87002596.jpg
06 Mihr‚b, Minbar and Lodge 87002596.jpg
07 Minbar (pulpit) 87002901.jpg
07 Minbar (pulpit) 87002901.jpg
08 The Great Dome 87002591.jpg
08 The Great Dome 87002591.jpg
09 Smaller Cupola 87002601.jpg
09 Smaller Cupola 87002601.jpg
10 Pillars Arches and Domes 87002909.jpg
10 Pillars Arches and Domes 87002909.jpg
11 Spandrel Plasterwork 87002911.jpg
11 Spandrel Plasterwork 87002911.jpg
12 Cupolas 87002904.jpg
12 Cupolas 87002904.jpg
13 Stained Glass 87002907.jpg
13 Stained Glass 87002907.jpg