Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the most popular attractions in Istanbul. Its six slender minarets, which are already visible from far away, are unique in the world.
It is located in the Sultan Ahmet district on the square of the same name near the Hippodrome of the old Byzantium and opposite the no less known Hagia Sophia. Even from afar, it is easily recognizable thanks to its domed sea and the unique six towering minarets of the world.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built by a disciple of the eminent Ottoman architect Sinan at the beginning of the 17th century on behalf of the Sultan Ahmed I. It was nicknamed “Blue Mosque” by the white-blue tiles that adorn the domes and facades.
The main dome is a breathtaking masterpiece of architecture, both from the outside and from the inside. From the inside, it is once again staged by the 260 stained glass windows that break the sun’s rays mystically. The monumental building impresses not only by its size, but also by the furnishing of white marble and the fineness of the decorations and arabesques within its walls.
Also on the site is the ruler’s pavilion, formerly used as a storage area for carpets and now serves as a carpet museum. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is surrounded by a magnificent park and a square, which has the size of the prayer room. It also stands for the hexagonal fountain, which was used for purification rites, but now only serves the ornament.