The Blue Mosque

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The Blue Mosque
after arrival at the airport of Istanbul, the transfer was waiting for us , we  booked the transfer allready in the Netherlands. after an ride of 30 minutes we arrived at our hotel, it was 3 pm.
We took the suitcase to the room and our adventure could begin.
our hotel was centrally located in the Sultanahmet district. From the terrace of our hotel we had a great view on the Blue Mosque, and that was our first sight.
 
The Blue Mosque:

One of the most notable features of the Blue Mosque is visible from far away: its six minarets.

The Blue Mosque
This is very unique, as most mosques have four, two or just one minaret. According to one account, the Sultan directed his architect to make gold (altin) minarets, which was misunderstood as six (alti) minarets. It's so impressive to see this mosque, the architecture is amazing.

The other striking feature of the exterior is the beautifully-arranged cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the great central dome. The arcades running beneath each dome add further visual rhythm. None of the exterior is blue - the name "Blue Mosque" comes from the blue tiles inside.

The main, west entrance is beautifully decorated and very much worth a look. However, to preserve the mosque's sanctity, non-worshippers are required to use the north entrance, off the Hippodrome. Hanging from this gate are symbolic chains that encourage everyone, even the sultan on horseback, to bow his or her head upon entering.

The interior's high ceiling is lined with about 20,000 blue tiles that give the mosque its popular name. Fine examples of 16th-century Iznik design, the tiles feature flowers, trees and abstract patterns. The overall effect is one of the most beautiful sights in Istanbul.

TIPS FOR VISITING!

Tourists must enter through the north gate and remove their shoes at the entrance (plastic bags for shoes are provided). Modest dress is required for both men and women and women must cover their heads. Wraps are provided when deemed necessary by mosque officials.

JP-NED says:
Shame on me! it's on my lips, but........!
i will let you know s.a.p.
sorry!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
mfmcp1982 says:
Which hotel did you stay in?
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
Petra2111 says:
Wie is er nu niet aan Bali toe! (lol) Nog effies wachten Jan!
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
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