Photographer's Note

Disappointed with the temporary image of Sultan Ahmet Mosque, we went on to the mausoleum of its benefactor.

"Sultan Ahmet I, the Blue Mosque’s great patron, who had ascended to the imperial throne aged 13, died in 1617 aged only 27; his türbe (mausoleum) was constructed between 1617 and 1619 and like the mosque, features fine İznik tiles.

Buried with Ahmet are his wife, Kösem, who was strangled to death in the Topkapı Harem, and his sons, Sultan Osman II (r 1618–22), Sultan Murat IV (r 1623–40) and Prince Beyazıt (murdered by order of Murat [not me, I was not alive back then])." (Gleaned from lonely planet)

"Sultan Ahmed I (b. 1590, Manisa – d. 1617, Istanbul) was the 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (r. 1603-1617). He took the throne at the age of 13 and broke with the Ottoman tradition of fratricide upon his enthronement.

His legacy is the construction of the Blue Mosque, and he enjoyed fencing, horseback riding, and poetry. In fact, he authored a number of works under the name Bakhti. Ahmed I died of typhus at Topkapi Palace. Three of his sons, Osman II, Murad IV, and Ibrahim, ascended to the throne.

Ahmed I is buried next to his wife, Kösem Sultan (1589-1651), also known as Mâh-Peyker Sultan. Originally a Greek named Anastasia and the daughter of a priest from the island of Tinos, Kösem Sultan rose to become one of the most powerful figures in the history of the Ottoman Empire. As the regent of three Sultans, she effectively influenced them to control important affairs. Kösem Sultan is accused of caring more about her own position of power rather than the interests of the Ottoman Empire." (Gleaned from Nomadic Niko [Nick Pangere]:

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 23.3 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/25
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 16474/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-26 10:56
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 2073 kb
GPS: 41.00692950448788, 28.977143780508754

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