the sultan ahmet mosque

The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish), was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I when he was only 19 years old. The construction initiated in 1609 and was completed in 1616. The mosque is representative of the Sunni Islam religion, and is one of three mosques in all of Turkey to consist of six minarets. 

Allah, Cukup!

Dost istersen, Allah yeter. “Kalau kau mau teman baik, Allah cukup.”

Begitu kurang lebih maksud dari tulisan yang ada di atas Blue Mosque atau Sultanahmet Cami. Selepas tarawih, pemerintah juga mengadakan semacam light display menggunakan proyektor besar yang menyorot ke arah masjid. Ada narasi dan video yang menceritakan secara singkat peradaban Islam. Indonesia pun disebut. Se-sekuler-sekuler-nya Turki, dalam urusan peribadatan, mereka sangat ketat dan totalitas. Ini sebenarnya fenomena pasca partai Erdoğan berkuasa selama lebih dari satu dekade. Dulu, jangan dibayangkan Turki seperti Indonesia yang bahkan dalam keagamaan termasuk sangat bebas. Dulu, Turki benar-benar sekuler. Alhamdulillah sekarang sudah jauh lebih baik.

Anyway, pesan tersebut singkat, tapi padat. Semua mudah memahaminya. Bahwa Allah SWT itu dekat. Namun, seringkali kita masih mencari-cari manusia untuk menjadi kawan dekat. Padahal, Allah saja sudah cukup. Semoga menginspirasi kita semua.

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Hampir dua minggu ga ngetumblr, kangen juga rasanya. Sebagai gantinya, saya posting hasil saya menghilang dari tumblr selama dua minggu itu.

Jadi ceritanya saya mampir sebentar ke Turki untuk melanjutkan perjalanan ke Afrika (untuk ini nanti ada kisah lain yang menarik). Nah, di Turki tentu saya akan mampir ke sini. Ya, Masjid Sultan Ahmet atau lebih dikenal dengan Blue Mosque adalah masjid termegah dan puncak peradaban Islam sepanjang sejarah. Didirikan sebagai bentuk kedigdayaan imperium Islam melawan Konstantinopel, Haghia Shofia—bagi saya tidak ada apa-apanya. Kalian pokoknya harus KE SINI! Titik. Ga ada alasan. Catet, ga ada alasan!

Memang Haghia Shofia lebih kaya sejarah, sebab lebih dahulu dibangun. Tapi dengan kehadiran Blue Mosque tepat di depannya, Haghia Shofia jadi museum tua yang memudar. Banyak yang bisa saya ceritakan, tapi jadi ga seru, hehe. Lebih baik datang langsung dan rasakan aura kebanggaan jadi seorang muslim.

Kau tahu, sobat? Bahwa dalam Islam peradaban tertinggi adalah peradaban yang dibangun untuk memuja-Nya dan meninggikan kalimat-Nya. Yang dibangun adalah kejayaan Allah, kedigdayaan Allah. Itu fondasi inti peradaban Islam. Semoga selalu terpatri dalam hati kita.

Ditulis dari Douala, Kamerun.

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The Great Palace of Constantinople (Greek: Μέγα Παλάτιον) was the principal residence of Byzantine emperors from Constantine the Great to Alexios I and the symbolic nerve centre of the empire. Also known as The Sacred Palace, it was the Byzantine equivalent of the Palatine in Rome. The Great Palace of Constantinople was a large complex of buildings and gardens situated on a terraced, roughly trapezoidal site, measuring 600×500 m, and overlooking the Sea of Marmara to the south-east.

Modern understanding of the Great Palace depends heavily on the literary sources and, to a lesser degree, on the meagre archaeological evidence. Of the few archaeologically explored components of the palace complex, the largest is an apsed hall preceded by a large peristyle court with splendid floor mosaics, which feature hunting and pastoral scenes combined with figures from mythology. In its scale and general character the Great Palace must have resembled a city, with numerous buildings, private harbors, avenues, open spaces, terraces, ramps and stairs, gardens, fountains and other amenities, built and rebuilt over nearly eight centuries.

The initial phase, under the auspices of Constantine the Great, produced the core of the palace complex, which, by all accounts, must have resembled several other imperial palaces built during the Tetrarchy. Constantine’s palace was an overtly urban complex, approached by the Regia.

The second major phase in the development of the Great Palace occurred in the 6th century, during the reigns of Justinian I and Justin II. Justinian’s building programme was spurred in large measure by the damage caused by the Nika riots in 532, and it involved the rebuilding of structures along the north flank of the palace complex, including the Magnaura and the Chalke. The Great Palace was expanded again by Justinian II (685–695; 705–711), who built the Lausiakos and the Justinianos, two halls in the vicinity of the Chrysotriklinos.

By far the best-known church to be added to the Great Palace was the five-domed Nea Ekklesia under the auspices of Basil I. In the following centuries the amount of construction within the Great Palace of Constantinople diminished. During the reign of Nikephoros II Phokas (963–969) another line of fortification walls was erected, apparently enclosing the shrunken core of the Great Palace. The final decline of the Great Palace began under Alexios I Komnenos (1081–1118), who moved the imperial residence to the new palace of Blachernai.

During the sack of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade, the Palace was plundered by the soldiers of Boniface of Montferrat. Although the subsequent Latin emperors continued to use the Palace complex, they lacked money for its maintenance. The last Latin emperor, Baldwin II, went as far as removing the lead roofs of the Palace and selling them. Consequently, when the city was retaken by the forces of Michael VIII Palaiologos in 1261, the Great Palace was in disrepair.  When Mehmed II entered the city in 1453, he found the palace ruined and abandoned. Much of the palace was demolished in the general rebuilding of Constantinople in the early years of the Ottoman era. The area was initially turned into housing with a number of small mosques before Sultan Ahmet I demolished the remnants of the Daphne and Kathisma Palaces to build the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and its adjoining buildings. The site of the Great Palace began to be investigated in the late 19th century and an early 20th-century fire uncovered a section of the Great Palace.

The Mosaic Museum of Istanbul hosts a collection of archeological discovers at the Great Palace of Constantinople. Excavations are continuing elsewhere, but so far, less than one quarter of the total area covered by the palace has been excavated; total excavation is not presently feasible as most of the palace currently lies underneath the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and other Ottoman-era buildings.

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Info From Wikipedia:

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque’s lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed’s tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.[2] It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, another popular tourist site. (at Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii))

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