Europe / Turkey

Inside Instanbul’s Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, or locally known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, is hands down one of the most iconic buildings in all of Turkey. Not only has it been featured in many American movies, but it is also the poster child for Turkey and its home city of Istanbul. As such, the mosque is extremely popular and is always swarming with tour groups and travelers snapping photos. Fun!

Yes, it can be a little irritating to weave around all the tourists, but getting to know Istanbul is difficult without visiting the Blue Mosque – its thought to be one of the finest Ottoman structures ever built. (By the way, in case you were curious, the moniker “blue” is thanks to the bold blue tiles use in the interior) The porticoes and large-scale symmetry of the exterior are truly impressive and the detail of the domes and mosaics inside are stunning.

We spent a lot of time here marveling at the artistry. Matt also spent a lot of time waiting around as I captured every last angle of every part of the building with my 60D.

Blue Mosque symmetry, Istanbul

Blue Mosque details, Istanbul

Domes in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque chandelier, Istanbul

Ceiling designs at the Blue Mosque Istanbul

Blue Mosque tiling detail, Istanbul

Ceiling art in the Blue Mosque Istanbul

The Blue Mosque in black and white, Istanbul

Prayers at Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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  • Natalie
    January 18, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Great photos. I have been in once and then on my last visit, tried to get in three times and failed! So desperately want to see it again.

    • annie
      January 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

      you should definitely try again. its such a beautiful building!

  • Anthony
    March 19, 2013 at 12:44 am

    This is one of the world’s great buildings and worth having a walk around. I’ve been in the Blue Mosque a couple of times and didn’t get sick of it!

    • annie
      March 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

      agreed! I could have gone back everyday I was in Istanbul and still not seen enough. It’s so beautiful!

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