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This is the Blue Mosque - one of the most famous monuments of Turkish and Islamic art, the mosque is visited by most who visit Istanbul. I took this picture from the north, on the Hagia Sophia side, with my position roughly between these two famous monuments.

Although it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, its real name is Sultan Ahmet Camii or Mosque. Befitting his original profession, its architect Mehmet Aga decorated the interior fastidiously like a jeweler. Built between 1609-1616, the mosque used to be part of a large complex, including a covered bazaar, Turkish baths, public kitchens, a hospital, schools, a caravanserai, and the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet. Some of these social and cultural buildings have not survived to our day.

The architect was a student of Sinan, the greatest architect of classical Turkish architecture. He applied a plan used previously by his master, but on a larger scale.

This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets. The minarets of the mosque are classical examples of Turkish architecture. The domes and the minarets are covered by lead, and at the top of the minarets there are standards made of gold-plated copper. Master craftsmen repair these coverings very skillfully when needed.

It is said in Istanbul that Blue Mosque is the place where the land meets the sky in a peaceful harmony.

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