A view of the Blue Mosque from a window of Ayasofya #bluemosque

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A view of the Blue Mosque from a window of Ayasofya #bluemosque

A heavy iron chain hangs in the upper part of the court entrance on the western side. Only the sultan was allowed to enter the court of the mosque on horseback. The chain was put there, so that the sultan had to lower his head every time he entered the court in order not to get hit. This was done as a symbolic gesture, to ensure the humility of the ruler in the face of the divine. #bluemosque

A heavy iron chain hangs in the upper part of the court entrance on the western side. Only the sultan was allowed to enter the court of the mosque on horseback. The chain was put there, so that the sultan had to lower his head every time he entered the court in order not to get hit. This was done as a symbolic gesture, to ensure the humility of the ruler in the face of the divine. #bluemosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque has the unusual feature of having six minarets. The six minarets were a matter of contention and a first, since four minarets were the common maximum. Only after one more minaret was added to the Masjid al-Haram, Grand Mosque, in Mecca was the six minarets issue settled. The northeastern minaret was restored in 1955. #bluemosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque has the unusual feature of having six minarets. The six minarets were a matter of contention and a first, since four minarets were the common maximum. Only after one more minaret was added to the Masjid al-Haram, Grand Mosque, in Mecca was the six minarets issue settled. The northeastern minaret was restored in 1955. #bluemosque

The qibla wall has been differentiated in its design from the other walls to accommodate its special function. Where the peripheral extensions on three sides are covered with three semi-domes, the qibla recess is composed with two semi-domes on the sides, joining a straight wall in between, where the tall marble frame of the mihrab niche is positioned at the center. #ottoman #architecture #bluemosque

The qibla wall has been differentiated in its design from the other walls to accommodate its special function. Where the peripheral extensions on three sides are covered with three semi-domes, the qibla recess is composed with two semi-domes on the sides, joining a straight wall in between, where the tall marble frame of the mihrab niche is positioned at the center. #ottoman #architecture #bluemosque

The dome sits on pendentives carried on four colossal piers or "elephant feet" that delineate the central court. Beyond the court, the space is extended by use of semi-domes and buttresses that transfer the lateral loads to piers set inside the walls. #architecture #ottoman #bluemosque

The dome sits on pendentives carried on four colossal piers or "elephant feet" that delineate the central court. Beyond the court, the space is extended by use of semi-domes and buttresses that transfer the lateral loads to piers set inside the walls. #architecture #ottoman #bluemosque

Silhouette of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia at sunset, Istanbul, Turkey #bluemosque

Silhouette of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia at sunset, Istanbul, Turkey #bluemosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. #bluemosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. #bluemosque

More than 200 stained glass windows with intricate designs admit natural light, today assisted by chandeliers. Istanbul, Turkey - via @scrapwedo #bluemosque

More than 200 stained glass windows with intricate designs admit natural light, today assisted by chandeliers. Istanbul, Turkey - via @scrapwedo #bluemosque

Overlapping dome structure of the Blue Mosque #ottoman #architecture #bluemosque

Overlapping dome structure of the Blue Mosque #ottoman #architecture #bluemosque

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