Blue Mosque, or the Sultan Ahmet Mosque
is one of the most famous monuments of Turkish and Islamic
art in the world. Built between 1609-1616, this imperial mosque
is the only one that was originally built with six minarets.
Befitting his original profession, its architect Mehmet Aga
decorated the interior fastidiously like a jeweler. The walls
of the galleries surrounding the three sides of the interior
chamber are decorated by over 20,000 exquisite blue Iznik
tiles. The areas above the tiles and the inside of the domes
are decorated with paintwork. From the gate opening to the
inner courtyard one can view the domes, rising above one another
in perfect harmony, over the symbolic ablution fountain in
the middle and the surrounding porticoes.