Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque viewed from the Bosporus - UNESCO World Heritage
The Blue Mosque was built from 1610-1619 under Sultan Ahmed I. beside
Sophia on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, separated only by
a small park. With the unusual number of six minarets and a great
of domes and semi-domes, which billow heavenward towards the mosque's
dome, the Blue Mosque is a worthy pendant to the Hagia Sophia.
The interior is of great beauty and
grandeur and surprises with its
bright atmosphere. Numerous stained glass windows as well as domes and
semi-domes surrounding the main dome create a charming play of light
give the walls an amazing transparency (second picture below). The
are decorated with an abundance of marvellous tiles and precious
its name however the Blue Mosque didn't get because of the blue tiles
because of the elaborate painted decors.