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BLUE MOSQUE (SULTANAHMET CAMİ)

İstanbul's most famous mosque has to be the Sultanahmet Cami, better known to visitors as the Blue Mosque. With its extraordinary six minarets and its wonderful cascade of silvery domes and semi-domes, this is a building which completely dominates the city skyline. It was the masterpiece of one Mehmet Ağa (c.1540-1617) , a student of Sinan’s, who designed it for the youthful Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 and 1616, reputedly bringing about the collapse of the İznik tile business in the process since the tile-makers, obliged to work for the sultan for minimal wages, soon made their escape to Kütahya.

Ahmed I was buried at the edge of the complex in a domed tomb the size of a small mosque together with his two sons by different wives, Sultans Osman II and Murad IV.


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