Istanbul Blue

Also called the Sultan Ahmet mosque and built across from the Hagia Sofia, the exquisite Blue Mosque in Istanbul 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.)

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

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

90 thoughts on “Istanbul Blue

  1. I proposed to my wife in between the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sophia. Not bad for a guy from a small town in the US. Thanks for sharing this, it brings back memories.

    1. How wonderful! Cannot think of a more romantic setting! Thank YOU for the visit and comment. Hope to see you around 🙂

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