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Sultanahmet Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey | A Blog Voyage
29 Sultanahmet Mosque Sultanahmet Cami, 34122 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey www.bluemosque.co OPEN HOURS: daily except during daily prayers Visible from many spots around Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Mosque dominates the skyline. Commonly, it is known as the Blue Mosque, because of the blue ceramic tiles of different tulip designs, from Iznik city (Nicaea), that line it's interior. Sultan Ahmed I, had it built between 1609 and 1616 over the site of the ancient hippodrome and the palace of the Byzantine emperors. Facing the Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet Mosque was desigened by royal architect Sedefhar Mehmet Ağa. The tablets on the walls are inscribed by the 17th century calligrapher Ametli Kasım Gubarımare with the names of the caliphs and verses from the Quran. One will also find beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy by Seyyid Kasim Gubari. The upper levels of the Mosque's interior are dominated by blue floral drawings and stained glass windows. The coloured glass for the