Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque – Facing St. Sophia stands the supremely elegant, six minarets imperial Sultan Ahmet Mosque.

This iconic mosque was between 1609 and 1616 by the architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, the apprentice of the great architect Mimar Sinan.

The building is more familiarly known as the Blue Mosque because its interior gleams with a magnificent panelling of blue and white Iznik (Nicea) tiles. It is also the first mosque with six minarets of the Ottomans.

The original name of the building is actually Sultanahmet Mosque named after the Sultan who built it. The name Blue Mosque was used by European tourists and is still known by that name. 

This mosque is the first 6 minaret mosque of the Ottoman Empire. As it is an Imperial mosque it was built as a complex building with its shops, baths, school, hospital, tombs etc.

The architecture reflects the mixture of Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman art.

It has more than 20000 pieces of high quality tiles which were made in Iznik (Nicea), the center of authentic Ottoman tiles.