Saturday, February 16, 2013

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (Click on image to enlarge)

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
- Built in: 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I
- Special Features:
* Lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles
* The upper levels of the interior are dominated by blue paint
* More than 200 stained glass windows with intricate designs admit natural light
* On the chandeliers, ostrich eggs are found that were meant to avoid cobwebs inside the mosque by repelling spiders
* The decorations include verses from the Qur’an, many of them made by Seyyid Kasim Gubari

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