Dubbed the “Blue Mosque” by Europeans because of its beautiful interior ceiling tiles (famed Iznik tiles), Sultanahmet Camii, with six minarets, is a one of its kind. Built by Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616, the architect was Sedefhar Mehmet Ağa, one of Mimar Sinan's most prominent students. Inside, it's surprisingly small, though very detailed, and the city has installed a lovely wrought iron chandelier at the entrance. The shrine near the mosque houses the tombs of Ahmet I and his wife Kosem Sultan. The Blue Mosque is a working mosque, so non-worshiping tourists are not permitted to enter during prayer times, which occur 5 times daily for 30 minutes each.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
- Nearest Train: Sultanahmet