Blue Mosque / Sultanahmet Mosque
The unique artifact of Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), which gives its name to the historical district of Istanbul, ranks first in the "Places to visit in Istanbul" lists. Although there are more than 3000 similar mosques in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque is known to be much more aesthetically pleasing. The most well-known mosques in Istanbul are Suleymaniye Mosque, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and Ortaköy Mosque, but the Blue Mosque has a completely different weight due to its historical mission and its location opposite the Hagia Sophia Mosque (the old church). Sultan Ahmed I, who had the Blue Mosque built, must have wanted to do exactly that. The only mosque consisting of 6 minarets was designed to stand for many years in the Ottoman period. It is decorated with more than 20 thousand Iznik tiles from the ground to the sky. The reason why foreigners call this mosque the "Blue Mosque" is the blue tiles produced in this Iznik.
Istanbul's Most Famous Mosque Sultanahmet
Blue Mosque Architectural
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ( Blue Mosque) has a design of the combination of two centuries of development. It has one main dome, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque was affected by the design of the Christian style of the neighboring church Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture. Blue Mosque is considered the last great mosque of the classical period. Architect Sedefkar Mehmed Agha synthesized the ideas of masterArchitecter Sinan, aimed at magnitude, power, and splendor. Take care of social distancing while you shopping during the coronavirus period
Blue Mosque Interior
Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul is considered one of the most important mosques in Turkey. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because its interior walls are adorned with decorated blue Nicaea tiles. The distinctive ceramics were brought from the city of Nicaea. The lower floors and all the inner columns of the mosque were designed by more than fifty different designs of daisies. Covered with more than 20,000 ceramics from the traditional Anatolian style. The designs on the exhibition grounds are flowers, fruit, and cypress. The ceramics were made by the best artisans in Nicaea.
Blue Mosque Calligraphy
The Blue paint dominates the upper floors of the interior. There are more than 200 windows with complex designs, today they are receiving natural light supported by chandeliers. Chandeliers have an Ostrich egg in front of the mosque, blocking the spider webs by expelling the spiders. The decorations include the verses of the Qur'an, which are considered to be the best calligraphy masters of Sayyid Kasim Gubari's time. The floors are covered with carpets donated by the loyalists, and very large windows make an outstanding impression. The floor is decorated with the best carpets. Each corner has five windows, some of which are shaded. Each semi-dome has 14 windows and the central dome's 28 decorated windows were the gift of the specially made Venetian Signoria sultan. Many of these colored windows have been replaced with modern versions that are no longer artistic valued.
Blue Mosque Mihrab
The most important element in the mosque is a Mihrab made of carved marble, with a stalactite niche and a panel with double inscriptions. Surrounded by many windows. Adjacent walls are covered with ceramic tiles. To the right of the mihrab, there is a richly decorated pulpit, where the imam sermons stand at noon prayer or on holy days.
Sultanahmed Mosque Windows
Sultan Ahmed Mosque Upper Floor
Due to the fact that it is in the basement of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the height of the dome, it has more windows. Thus, thousands of tiles and handwork that adorn the interior of the mosque are seen in a sweet light. But today, as there are no plaster windows of the period, the light has lost its monistic status. On the left corner of the mosque, there is the sultan's mahfil, whose mosaic and jade ornamented mihrab, mother-of-pearl door, and gilded tiles on turquoise can not be seen anywhere else. The beauty of the cyan tiles on the windows of the Sultan's Assembly, the crown of the mihrab embroidered with absolute simplicity and taste, the splendor of the gilded relief flowers on the dark green background at the two corners of the mihrab, and the jade ornamentation placed under the stalactite bring the ornamental superiority of the mosque to its final limit.
Blue Mosque Marble Columns
Sultan domes are located in the southeast corner. It consists of a platform, a porch, and two small rooms. Provides access to the royal passage in the upper gallery of the mosque southeast. These rooms became the center of the Grand Vizier during the suppression of the rebel Janissary Corps in 1826. The royal coat of arms was supported by ten marble columns. It has its own mihrab adorned with old jade roses and gilded ornaments and has a face Quran in a gilded pattern.
The marvelous boards on the walls are written with the names of the caliphs and verses from the Quran. They were originally built in the 17th century by calligrapher Seyyid Kasim Gubari in Diyarbakir but were repeatedly restored. Many lamps in the mosque were once covered with gold and precious stones. Glass bowls include ostrich eggs and crystal balls. All these decorations have been removed from the museums.