Blue Mosque Essay

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Visitors refer to it as the Blue Mosque, whilst Turkish people know it as SultanAhmet Mosque, whichever name you know it by it’s an architect lovers dream and should be top on your list of things to visit in Istanbul. It’s worth noting the Turkish version just in case you do happen to get lost. The mosque was built in the 1600s with six minarets and stunning architecture. This Mosque is one of two in Turkey to have six minarets. When it was first built, many criticized the Sultan for this was the same number of minarets that the mosque in Mecca had. He decided to build a seventh minaret in Mecca to avoid any more criticism. The colour is what makes this mosque so striking, and there are 2 stories behind the name. The first most common theory is that as the interior of the mosque is decorated with blue Iznik tiles, the name came from the sheer…show more content…
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