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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pyffepa (625) 2013-07-24 2:15
Nice picture, I like the satured colors and the contrast between the mosque and the sky.
I imagine your picture well better without the frame and the included legend, your picture is reduced to a postcard.
I would get ride of the lateral fence too.
Nevertheless a very good picture.
Enjoy your day,
daddo (26788) 2013-07-24 2:27
Namaste Angshuman. You got me totally disoriented here. I thought that the madrasa was on the left as one walks from Hagia Sofia towards the Blue Mosque along the paved path and the lawns are on the right.Nicely lit by the sun against a dull sky. Lots of details. Regards. Klaudio.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-24 2:38
dear dada, here you presented a nice composition with the exterior details of the famous blue mosque of Turkey. Great depth and light management. I like the colourful atmosphere. Like the wide presentation. Darun hoyechhe. Tfs.
lousat (91332) 2013-07-24 2:45
One of the most beautiful pics of the Blue Mosque,no noubts.I like the dcentralized position in the pic,magnificent light,details and colors,and a very rich composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
sdnpicz (195) 2013-07-24 3:28
Wow! great capture! Must say Masha Allah!
Very beautiful. very good composition. And the color of sky enhancing the charm of mosque.
I appreciate the idea of keeping the scene in the right side into the frame.
Thanks for sharing.
pierrefonds (66394) 2013-07-24 4:34
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Blue Mosque. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (79601) 2013-07-24 5:22
Une photo de toute beauté que l'on veut absolument rapporter d'un voyage à Istambul. Un très beau point de vue qui donne de la profondeur et une superbe luminosité sur ce monument.
Nicou (142048) 2013-07-24 5:23
Fanmtastique vue sur cette mosquées sueprbe iamge et compo quelle vue avec les minarets qui pointent dans ce ciel une emrvielle quelle vue e tiamge splendide.
Bravo et amitié
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-07-24 6:02
wow..! what a perspective.love the way you have framed it,with great light.
emka (97565) 2013-07-24 23:15
hi dear Angshu,
great shot of the famous Blue Mosque. Good idea to include this diagonal road with people. superb composition. How I like these pencil-like minarets, so typical for ottoman architecture. I like the script in title, mimicking Arabic.
You asked about my travel plans: in September I go to France and in October to... Istanbul!
danos (97783) 2013-07-24 23:21
nice the view of the Blue Mosque,with the saturated colours of the day to make it even more impressive.I like the details,the light and the colour management,as the clarity of the scene.
kordinator (20519) 2013-07-25 0:31
The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Blue Mosque.
Great depth and light management.
Color of sky enhancing the charm of mosque.
papagolf21 (101892) 2013-07-25 0:38
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Je reste toujours émerveillé par vos compositions et vos prises de vue.
Merci de nous faire voyager d'une aussi belle façon.
Très bonne journée.
dkmurphys (58654) 2013-07-25 1:23
Lovely presentation of that impressive mosque. A real symbol of Istanbul. Well taken scene.
pajaran (60595) 2013-07-25 2:37
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Plavoj DZamiji, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na dzamiju, minarete i trenutak sa posetiocima ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazna dzamija.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good article about the Blue Mosque, with the given data and history ...
Nice view of the mosque minarets and a moment with the visitors ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful mosque demonstration.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
jhm (152874) 2013-07-25 4:13
A wonderful picture with all these minarets and domes on these wonderful mosque
Wonderful colours and great mountain architecture picture.
This is an extraordinarily picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Fis2 (97571) 2013-07-25 5:02
Excellent frame and colors.
Very impressive picture.
mkamionka (36711) 2013-07-25 6:34
Istanbul is on the top of my list of cities I would like to see. I am so jealous. Beautiful capture here. I like the light and colors as well as the processing which emphasized them and the details. Very original POV with including of some daily life context which brings this spectacular architecture down to the earth. I just regret that you did not correct the perspective but I see the angle would not allow you to do that. As wide as it is, it would not be wide enough.
Excellent work nevertheless,
Graal (102858) 2013-07-25 12:12
very nice view of famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I like the architecture, very nice minarets. Good informations and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
abmdsudi (54055) 2013-07-25 12:28
A mesmerising view which is perfect to keep the eye into perspective with wonderful immense details and the splendour of this magnificent architecture. The casted warm light and contrast against brilliant blue is so remarkable and I love the sense of depth and people interaction. A simply striking picture. Congrats.
Urs (14082) 2013-07-26 0:17
Hagia Sofia, thanks for bringing back sweet memories. It seems no big changes expect the high inflation. Dark blue sky vs the Hagia Sofia in plain sunlight, this contrast is amazing. Excellent photo job
Didi (60588) 2013-07-27 10:08
The left part of the picture hase more interest. I think it was possible to correct the distortions on the right
Very good sharp picture
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-30 10:53
Very nice capture with splendid details and colors.Nice lightning usage and perfect amount of saturation.Very good job.Well done.All the best.
josepmarin (58357) 2013-08-03 13:14
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a beautiful view on the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, under a deep blue sky.
I love its wonderful architecture, its elegant shapes and its slender minarets, which stands out on the ensemble.
I admire your good management of the light and the high quality of the colours.
A great work.
aloyho (6798) 2013-08-06 23:13
Nice to hear from you and to know that we visited the same place just months apart. To answer your question, we took the Rainbow Balloons and it is a 24 pax per basket for a 1 hr ride.
As for this shot of the Blue Mosque, the high contrast really brought out the shape and form of this famous building to really project its beauty and grandiosity.You have successfully tamed the strong sunlight judging from the shadows. When I was there I was also told that to take a good shot of this mosque I must be able to see all the six minarets. Just wonder if you were told about this too. Lovely shot!!!
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-24 1:57
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