Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

The word ‘Blue’ instantly brought to mind the exquisite Blue mosque in Istanbul! Also called the Sultan Ahmet mosque, and built across from the Hagia Sofia, this is the only mosque other than the Masjid al Haram in Mecca that has six minarets!

The Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

Most visitors enter from the North. But if you take the west entrance you will be rewarded by the sight of these spectacular cascading domes! (Alternately enter from the North and go around the side and exit from the West, although the impact is far less than walking into the ablution courtyard from the front.)

Interior, Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

Interior, Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

View of the Blue Mosque from our breakfast room!

And oh yes, the Blue Mosque is not blue at all! It gets its name from its blue Iznik tile clad interior!

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