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My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Blue Mosque~ A Beautiful, Beautiful must see!

on February 10, 2013

12/28/12

We decided that today was as good as any to take a tour of the Blue Mosque.  We had several photos of it from the outside and had learned some interesting things about the Mosque.  Technically it is called Sultan Ahmed Mosque, but is more commonly called the Blue Mosque because of the tens of thousand blue tiles that are on the inside walls.IMG_2132 IMG_2131 IMG_2130 IMG_2129 IMG_2127 IMG_2126 IMG_2125 IMG_2124

It was built from 1609-1616 and was built to compete with Aya Sophia, which is 1000 years older; it was to be bigger and more beautiful.   It is a beautiful building with 260 windows, many made of beautiful stained glass, and a huge prayer space in the middle.   The original windows are no longer in tact, but came from Venice. To enter you are required to take off your shoes and women are asked to cover their head with a borrowed scarf or one of their own.IMG_8900IMG_2243 IMG_2255 IMG_2254 IMG_2253 IMG_2251 IMG_2250 IMG_2249 IMG_2248  IMG_2246 IMG_2245IMG_2247 IMG_2244

There is NOT an admissions fee, but you can make a donation upon leaving the building, which to us was a no brainer, I hope that many future generations get to see this beautiful building.]

One story we heard from a local merchant that was trying to get us to go to his carpet shop was that there are 6 minuets, more than any other mosque in the world.  One other one has 7, but most don’t come close to 6.  The story he told us was that the Sultan wanted this beautiful mosque, again to be more outstanding that Aya Sophia.  The word Gold and Six are very similar in the Turkish language and somehow when saying build the mosque with lots of gold got turned into six minuets.  Not sure if we got the story right but it was a ‘good’ story!IMG_2258 IMG_8643 IMG_8642 IMG_8641 IMG_8640 IMG_2297 IMG_2260 IMG_2259 IMG_8661 IMG_8660 IMG_8659 IMG_8657 IMG_8656 IMG_8655 IMG_8654 IMG_8653


2 responses to “Blue Mosque~ A Beautiful, Beautiful must see!

  1. Wendi says:

    Rockin’ the scarf! Love it!

    Like

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