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The Sultanahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque) is one of the most impressive monuments in the world; it is the cachet which makes our city -Turkish-. When one looks from the Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn, the magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque of the architect Sinan seems as dominating on the skyline. However, when entering Istanbul Harbour from the sea, one is struck by the majesty of the Blue Mosque with its tall slender minarets and half and full domes atop one another causing the building to rise in gracious curves. Observed next St. Sophia which is massive and thick, the Blue Mosque caresses the eye like a beautiful flower or a princely gem cut by a master craftsman. On entering the Mosque, by lifting the curtain at the door, every one, whatever his national or religious origin, is struck with the blue mist seeming to fall from the colored windows and faiences, the coolness reaching the soul.

The Mosque of Sultan Ahmet and its dependent building were built in the years 1609-1619. The Mosque is surrounded on three sides by a wide courtyard which may be entered by any of five doors. The front is surrounded by twenty-six granite pillars with marble stalactite heads, supporting thirty domes. In the middle of this marble paved front yard sits a hexagon-shaped columned Sadirvan (washing fountain): its effect is striking. The front yard has three entrances; the main door, in the west, possesses a noble style. The Mosque has itself three doors. The one entering from the courtyard is the largest and is still in use today.

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Viewed: 1923
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