Photographer's Note

Back from Turkey after a hectic yet fantastic holiday....

Our days in Istanbul surely wouldn't have been the same, without the company of our friend Deniz, a wonderful person who knows more about Istanbul than many guides, and who spared all his precious time to be with us at all hours...odd and even. This enthusiasm was contagious! We cannot thank you enough Deniz! We all miss you!

The cascading domes and its slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") dominate the skyline of Istanbul. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. The two great architectural achievements now stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square, and it is up to visitors to decide which is more impressive.

The Blue Mosque was designed by architect Mehmet Aga. It was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I when he was only 19 years old. Construction work which began in 1609, took seven years.

It was during my first Blue hour in Turkey that I took this picture of the Blue Mosque


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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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