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#TravelTuesday: The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

#traveltuesday: the blue mosque, istanbul, turkey

The 17th-century Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I is more commonly called the Blue Mosque, for the 20,000 shimmering handmade blue Iznik tiles creating intricate patterns across the upper reaches of the interior. When viewed from the outside, its six slender minarets (more than any other mosque in Istanbul) and cascading layers of domes and half domes vie with nearby Hagia Sophia for architectural splendor. Unlike its neighbor, the building is a functioning mosque, so visiting hours are restricted during the five daily prayer times, particularly on Fridays.

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