BLUE MOSQUE


Blue Mosque


The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. To reassert Ottoman power following the loss of the Persian war (1603-1618), Sultan Ahmet I commissioned the construction of a large mosque. Unlike his predecessors who had paid for their mosques with the spoils of war, Sultan Ahmet removed the funds from the Treasury. The mosque was built between 1609-1616 on the site of what was once the Great Palace of the Byzantine emperors. Positioned in front of the Hagia Sophia (formerly a Byzantine church), the site held significant symbolic meaning. Large parts of the south section of the mosque rest on the foundations of old Great Palace. The mosque features a cascade of domes and six slender minarets. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of the thousands of blue tiles lining the interior.

 

 
 


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