The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

 Sultanahmet was built in the place of Ayşe Sultan Palace, which covers a large area facing the sea




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The Blue Mosque Sultanahmet in Istanbul

Although the Blue Mosque gives its name to the square where it is located by erasing all traces of the past, this area was known as the Hippodrome during the Byzantine period; and as Horse Square during the Ottoman period. A part of the Byzantine Imperial Palace was located in the same area. Palaces belonging to the Ottoman senior offices were found in the area in the 16th century. However, Sultan Ahmet had other plans for this region. The greatest desire of this ruler, known for his religious devotion, was to build a mosque that would symbolize the love of God inside him and would leave Hagia Sophia behind with its glory (Figure 1). After a prolonged period of indecision, he made the choice to realize his dream. This area was prepared for the construction of the mosque that would take the name of Sultan Ahmet I himself by using the financial capacity of the Ottoman Empire which was rich enough to meet all the wishes of the Sultan at that time (Figure 2). According to Evliya Celebi, the land was bought and five palaces including the palaces of Semiz Ahmet Pasa and Sokollu Mehmed Pasa were destroyed together with Arslanhane for the construction of the Sultan Ahmet Complex

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Because of the color of the eye-catching patterns that adorn the interior walls, Sultan Ahmet Camii called the Blue Mosque is considered to be one of the most successful examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture.
The building, which brings a whole new perspective to the Ottoman mosque culture with its preferred architectural approach, is one of the stops to be seen within the scope of the historical peninsula tour.

The religious structure, located in the list of places to visit the historical peninsula in splendor, was built between 1609-1616 in line with the order of Sultan Ahmet I, who is known for the importance he attached to spirituality.
The building which is the most important name of the Ottoman architecture after Sinan the mosque that was built by Sedefkar Mehmed Agha.

Sultanahmet was built in the place of Ayşe Sultan Palace, which covers a large area facing the sea. The palace, located in the direction of Qibla, was purchased for 30.000 gold. In the construction of mosques, many statesmen, including the sultan,. In fact, the foundation was laid by Ahmet I.


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