Visit Istanbul, Turkey and see beautiful Sultan Ahmet mosque

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Sultanahmet Blue Mosque Dome during sunset

Large Dome of Blue Mosque at sunset, Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey
GPS Coordinates Latitude: 41.0080, Longtitude: 28.9758;
Date photograph taken: 3-2-2007

Istanbul, Turkey is a great tourist destination and Sultan Ahmed mosque is one of the main landmarks in this city. The mosque known in Turkish as Sultanahmet Camii is in the touristic old part of Istanbul. It is very close to famous Hagia Sophia historical landmark as well as to the Hippodrome. This area of Istanbul also bears the same name – Sultanahmet. This could be useful to know when taking a taxi, just tell driver that you want to go to Sultanahmet and they will understand this. Although most people will know some English as tourism is a major business in Istanbul and Turkey in general.

 

Turkish flag flying above Sultan Ahmet Mosque
Turkish flag flying above Sultan Ahmet Mosque

Blue Mosque was built by Ottoman Sultan Ahmet in early 1600-s. You can read more about the history of the mosque and how to visit it on Blue Mosque official site. There are certain rules that visitors have to observe as this is an active mosque.  The traditional Islamic  architecture of this famous building is magnificent and can be seen from many points in the old city as well as from the ships approaching the Bosphorus. The mosque is surrounded by beautiful squares and gardens and has a large courtyard that is open most of the time.

Large courtyard and elegant arches
Large courtyard and elegant arches

The area between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia is generally very safe at any time of the day. There many historical landmarks here including the tomb of Sultan Ahmet where the famous ruler that build the mosque. This is a final resting place for his favorite wife Kosem Sultan as well. The story of their love was quite tragic and you can watch a Turkish movie Mahpeyker to learn more.

View from Sultan Ahmet tomb at the mosque
View from Sultan Ahmet tomb at the mosque

Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque is an important part of Turkish history and if you are visiting Istanbul it must be on your list of things to do.

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Blue mosque courtyard
Blue mosque courtyard
Place to wash hands, feet and face before prayer
Place to wash hands, feet and face before prayer
People getting for prayer at the mosque (ablution)
People getting for prayer at the mosque (ablution)
Istanbul city park near the Sultan Ahmet mosque
Istanbul city park near the Sultan Ahmet mosque
Dominating architecture of the mosque
Dominating architecture of the mosque
Hippodrome entrance to the mosque with golden calligraphy writings
Hippodrome entrance to the mosque with golden calligraphy writings
Building of the mosque as seen from Hippodrome
Building of the mosque as seen from Hippodrome
Blue Mosque interior yard columns and archways
Blue Mosque interior yard columns and archways
One of the six minarets of the Blue Mosque
One of the six minarets of the Blue Mosque
Sultan Ahmed tomb is near the mosque
Sultan Ahmed tomb is near the mosque
Blue Mosque - famous landmark in Istanbul
Blue Mosque – famous landmark in Istanbul
Golden calligraphy writing above the entrance - exterior decor of the mosque
Golden calligraphy writing above the entrance
Minaret at the Sultan Ahmed mosque, sunset
Minaret at the Sultan Ahmed mosque
Silhouettes of the dome and minarets ta sunset
Silhouettes of the dome and minarets ta sunset
Sunset over Istanbul
Sunset over Istanbul

  Date: 07.03.2017 by FPImages