The Blue Mosque is properly called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, it is a beautiful mosque near the Hagia Sofia. The two holy buildings complement each other. The Blue mosque is a very popular tourist site and it still functions as a mosque within which Muslims offer their daily prayer. It is possible to see thousands of tourist file through the mosque whilst people are also praying, outside you will see Muslims carrying out their ablutions so they are clean before they pray. The atmosphere within the mosque is dignified and also domestic with children playing as parents worship. There is a segregated women’s section within the mosque.

Tourist visiting the mosque can be of any faith, there is a requirement that a person is covered, if tourists are wearing shorts and do not have head covers they are given appropriate clothes to cover themselves free of charge, this clothing has to be handed back when leaving the Blue Mosque.

The Blue Mosque, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed 1. The building contains Ahmed’s tomb, a school and a hospice. The mosques interior has hand painted blue tiles on the internal walls. At night the mosques six minarets and five domes and eight mini domes are lit up by blue lights.

The architecture design of the Blue Mosque complements the Hagia Sofia and the two together are a most impressive site.

The Sultan Ahmed appointed a Royal architect, his name was Sedefhar Mehmet Aga, and he was a pupil and assistant to the great architect Mimar Sinan. Aga was responsible for the total construction of the mosque.

Sultan Ahmed’s wish was to make the Blue Mosque the most important and venerated mosque in the Ottoman Empire. Standing near the Hagia Sophia and bathed in blue light in the night The Blue Mosque truly is one of the most impressive wonder of our world.

The opening ceremonies for the Blue Mosque were held in 1617. The sultan could now pray in the royal box. The building was not totally completed in Sultan Ahmed’s reign, we can conclude this as the last accounts were signed by his successor Mustafa I.

The Blue Mosque formally known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the most impressive monuments in the world and a great testimony to Muslim architecture.

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