The Sultanahmet Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) is one of the most famous monuments of Turkish and Islamic art, the mosque is visited by all who come to Istanbul and gains their admiration. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets.
Although it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, its real name is Sultan Ahmet 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.
The architect Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa was a student of Sinan, the greatest architect of classical Turkish architecture..
The Sultanahmet Mosque combines the best of two architectural styles. It is a mixture of traditional Islamic architecture with Byzantine elements, taken from the adjacent Hagia Sophia. The central dome of the Blue Mosque, which is 23,5 meters in diameter and 43 meters high at its central point, is of course impressive. 4 immense pillars or ‘elephant feet’ supports the domes. One of the 4 pillars can be seen in this frame. Beathtaking are the more than 20.000 handmade Iznik ceramic tiles, in more than 50 tulip designs, that decorate the interior walls of the mosque. Their color gives the place its popular name, the Blue Mosque.
Light inside the mosque is provided by the more than 200 stained glass windows and several chandeliers. They put ostrich eggs on the chandeliers to repel spiders, hence avoiding cobwebs inside the mosque. The floors are covered with carpets, which are donated by faithful people and are regularly replaced as they get worn out.
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amitrajs (132) 2013-06-27 3:11
Hi Angshu......... indeed a very beautiful capture............ there is so much in this shot and yet everything is so distinct........... i love the huge chandelier hanging just a few feet above the praying people........... tfs..........
timecapturer (46465) 2013-06-27 3:37
a striking shot this, so much to look at and so much colour and light it just blasts out of the screen at you. A amazing place and you have captured its detail and impressive beauty superbly. Awesome!
Regards - Brian.
rigoletto (34231) 2013-06-27 3:45
this is a great interior photo from the blue mosque, which looks as colorful as india through your lens :)
the red carpets do catch the eye as the praying lady is an anchor point to start investigating the rest. it looks amazingly empty and peacefull. going to the front line, you skillfully excluded the tourist crowds.
wolf38 (31038) 2013-06-27 5:19
Hello Angshuman. My compliments for this great and clear photo. I knew this mosque so far only from the outside. Truly a photo of the top class. I also like the very detailed and informative text. Well seen and presented.
Sergiom (56521) 2013-06-27 5:38
J'ignorais que l'on avait le droit de photographier à l'intérieur des mosquées. Celle-ci est incroyable de richesse dans la décoration et les couleurs sont superbement rendues.
holmertz (38607) 2013-06-27 8:07
This is a remarkably good photo from inside a mosque. I am amazed by how you have used the light so well to capture every detail (and there are many details here!) with such remarkable sharpness and clarity. This photo indicates the calm and quiet atmosphere that I have experienced in many mosques but thought was impossible in this particular mosque receiving thousands of tourists every day.
subhendu_bagchi (25398) 2013-06-27 8:12
just fatafati... Dada, ki tulechho! Beautiful architecture presented nicely (dada 1/13 sec-e handheld?)... Ekhankar chhobi bodhhoy Lopa-boudir tola fb-te ekta dekhechhi... 2toi osadharon... Just fabulous. Light and colours are beautifully managed. Greet depth. Superb shot. Tfs.
Romano46 (16584) 2013-06-27 8:38
complimenti per questa foto eseguita in un ambiente dall'illuminazione alquanto difficile.
La ricordo perfettamente perchè nella mia lontana visita di Istambul fu il primo monumento che visitaie mi è rimasta impressa la scarsità di luce dell'ambiente.
Sei riuscito a rendere molto bene l'ambiente colorato che la contraddistingue e lo hai fatto con ottima tecnica e con mano alquanto ferma.
Ciao e buona giornata
dkmurphys (47666) 2013-06-27 10:22
Spectacular capture with the impressive interior. The place is amazing and the atmosphere very pious. Well taken, have a nice evening.
SnapRJW (30020) 2013-06-27 12:39
Hello Angshu - Love this colourful look at the impressive interior of the Blue Mosque. A familiar scene but one stamped with your particular style and management. I love the way you have conveyed the detail and scale of this interior. Super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
lousat (73903) 2013-06-27 15:30
Fantastic capture in a very large view of this mosque interior,one of the most beautiful of the world and taken whit fantastic details and very rich colors despite the difficult light,very well done...as usual! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (55684) 2013-06-27 18:22
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the art work and of the acrhitecture of the Mosque. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
adidas5nb (4630) 2013-06-27 18:31
very nicely framed and captured this interior of the mosque.great filtered light.like the light management and the pov.
Graal (95982) 2013-06-28 0:10
unusual and very nice interior of mosque. Great architecture and decorative elements. Fine saturated colors. Photo is very well done. I like it.
Have a nice WE.
hidibyendu (871) 2013-06-28 0:32
Excellent capture this is.
What a beautiful light management!! Excellent depth is present in this. Nothing much to say. Superb.
ChrisJ (95100) 2013-06-28 1:31
I saw the exterior of the Sultanahmet Mosque but unfortunately it was prayer time and closed at 5 pm. The interior looks amazing. Nice warm cold color contrasts between the blue and red and the people add scale and context. The stained glass windows are lovely. Excellent sharpness throughout. Tfs!
papagolf21 (83996) 2013-06-28 1:39
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Je découvre ce lieu extraordinaire ! L'architecture est superbe.
Merci de nous offrir une image d'un grand intérêt.
mohammad_H (8919) 2013-06-28 2:18
Fine Art. Islamic architecture designs, attractive colors, beautiful display with good resolution,
good day for you
Nicou (118090) 2013-06-28 2:22
quelle vue et compo mervielleux quelle lumière et cpatage tous ces vitraux avec le spersonnage la gestion des lumières une emrvielle fabuleux.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (49630) 2013-06-28 3:54
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o dzamiji, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana unutrasnjost.
Dobar snimak, kontrast, lepe boje.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good article on the mosque, with the given data and history ...
Good composition, nice interior shown.
Good picture, contrast, beautiful colors.
All the best for the weekend.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-28 4:18
Dear Angshuman, congrats you did an incredible photo job, in particular your light management is superb. That is a master stroke. You did it with no tripod, a simple 200 ISO and 1/13 shutter speed, wow, and still it is very sharp and colour hues are vibrant.
Fis2 (83164) 2013-06-28 5:25
Excellent frame and colors.
Very impressive picture!
HAve a nice evening
danos (84315) 2013-06-28 7:30
nice the interior view of the famous Sultanahmet Mosque with the interior view of it to be presented superb.I like the excellent light and colour management,the informative note as the clarity of the scene.
PS I think that the quality of the photos in Thekearth as the interesting of its members,new and old,are discouraging.From the other side the 500px is a very good site with 'the dislikers' to distroy it.Especially with the 500px i'm very disappointed.
Didi (55499) 2013-06-28 9:19
Looks like a draw paint with rich colours
Very good point of view inside the mosque
GiovanniG (2471) 2013-06-28 13:06
Splendid capture with perfect exposure. Looks as though you used HDR as the dynamic rang is perfection. Well done and Bravo!
abmdsudi (41188) 2013-06-28 22:33
A remarkable indoor architectural shot, majestically full of life with the myriad of colours along with the sense of immense depth, space and excellent interplay of light and shadows. This is creative and striking perspective and the pov revealing the splendour of this magnificent structure of the famous mosque and extremely a real eye puller. Wonderfully managed light, the lovely colour saturation and also the way this looks so subtle with striking contrast to deep red carpet. Great capture, Congrats, TFS.
jjcordier (74512) 2013-06-28 23:37
Magnifique photo de ce merveilleux intérieur de cette splendide mosquée. Une photo fantastique!
kordinator (14831) 2013-06-29 0:53
Great sharp and clear photo.
This is a great interior photo from the blue mosque.
Truly a photo of the top class.
I also like the very detailed and informative text. Excellent composition and presentation.
worldcitizen (6647) 2013-06-29 17:34
Your presentation of this mosque is so rich and beautiful. The colors jump out, and the architecture itself is amazing. I like the red carpet, the stained glass windows, and the giant pillar. The low chandelier is also lovely. You presented this spot perfectly.
macjake (54000) 2013-06-30 4:49
can you please enlighten me how ostrich eggs can repel spiders? do you know the science behing that? very interesting indeed!! :)
I suppose this is a must for any traveler to Istanbul. what a sight to behold this is.
so powerful and elegant.
a stunning piece of architecture.
excellent photo despite the 1/13 slow shutter speed.
excellent idea to include the people too.
CLODO (29730) 2013-06-30 6:37
Superb play of hues, good light management to get details on the colorfull windows and the interior of the mosque.The lady at right is well placed to "close" the picture/
sayanwithsenice (758) 2013-06-30 23:04
wow. The hues and the sharpness couldnt be better! This is a delight! thanks for sharing!
Bartleby (13532) 2013-07-04 9:51
I love how all the little details pop out on your picture. Great light management here.
josepmarin (57623) 2013-07-06 8:39
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
this is a fantastic wide view inside the Sultanahmet Mosque, where we can enjoy its wonderful architecture and its great ornamental wealth.
I have taken some photos there, and I know the challenge of it, but you have reached a spectacular quality of image and of colours.
An awesome work.
PS: I make my second trip in Istanbul in September.
Waylim (25172) 2013-07-29 10:52
Very extraordinary shot. I love it. We only see the exterior of the mosque most of the times. Rarely do we see the inside. My understanding is many mosques do not allow photography inside. The details of the architecture and design is really spatecular. I can only imagine in your original size. Even at this size there are so much to appreciate. Excellent quality and thanks for sharing.
taypejka (1457) 2013-08-23 4:48
The interior of the Blue Mosque is really impressive and your photo perfectly managed to show it. Great vivid colours, good sharpness, composition with a prayer on the right and nice frame makes it a very attractive photo. Thanks for sharing.
I'm planning to visit Istanbul this fall so hopefully will experience the majesty of this place myself.
best greets from Tbilisi
emka (75045) 2013-10-30 9:05
Also fantastic shot from Sultanahmet. It looks so colourful here. Spectacular composition.
Very interesting note, I should read it before going there :).
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55035)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/13 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-27 1:25