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Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Istanbul travel guide. The Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque, one of the must-see tourists attractions in Istanbul.

Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. It is called the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles decorating its interior.

The Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed 1 was the supreme Imperial Mosque of the Ottoman Empire. The complex of the Blue Mosque included a hospital, caravansarai, public kitchen, marketplace, school and the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed I. The mosque has immense interior with 260 windows decorated with more than 20,000 precious Iznik tiles detailing traditional flowers of Ottoman design. In fact, it is the deep blue glow of the tiles in sunlight that gives the Blue Mosque its name.

With its six minarets and sweeping architecture the Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Blue Mosque is one of the seven wonders of Istanbul and one of the top places to visit in Istanbul.

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