The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque and a popular tourist site, located in Istanbul, Turkey. 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.
The design is the culmination of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development. It incorporates some Byzantine Christian elements combined with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.
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