Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is the most magnificent mosque in Istanbul. It is the best example of central domical structure and still example for new mosques in Turkey. Four semi domes on four sides surrounds the central great dome. These semi domes have surrounding smaller cupolas or semi cupolas around them.

The Turks call it Sultan Ahmet Camii. However, the Western travelers could not pronouns the name properly. That is why they called the building Blue Mosque because of overwhelming blue colors inside the structure.

This 17th century mosque was built between 1609 and 1616. It took just 7 years. The architect of the Mosque is Sedefkar Mehmet Aga. Aga (Baron) Mehmet the Worker of the Mother of Pearl was the gardener of the Topkapi Palace, then became the worker of mother of pearl and finally became the architect of the Empire and built this blue wonder.

We can admire the gardener’s work on the dome and walls of this great building. It is like the Garden of Eden with many floral designs on the paintings and tiles.

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