View of Istanbul's Blue Mosque with the sea in the background, highlighting the city's scenic coastline.

Blue Mosque

  • Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, also known as Sultanahmet Mosque, is an iconic symbol of Istanbul, blending Byzantine Christian elements with traditional Islamic architecture. Built between 1609 and 1616 under the rule of Ahmed I, its name derives from the exquisite blue tiles adorning its interior. This historical masterpiece boasts six minarets, a unique feature at the time of its construction, and a grand cascade of domes that create an imposing yet graceful skyline. Inside, the mosque’s vast prayer hall is illuminated by 260 windows, a tribute to the ingenuity of Ottoman architecture. The Blue Mosque is not only a place of worship but also a beacon of Islamic art, showcasing intricate calligraphy, geometric patterns, and detailed tilework. Visitors are captivated by its serene atmosphere, rich history, and architectural splendor, making it a must-visit destination in Istanbul.