Sultanahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
A piece of the Digital Land next to the Sultanahmed Mosque in the historical center of Istanbul. This is the largest and most beautiful mosque in the Turkish capital. Thanks to the silvery shade of its facades and the unusual shape of the domes, the building seems literally floating in the air. And six minarets, instead of traditional four, make the Sultanahmed Mosque absolutely unique for Islamic architecture. The Mosque interior is adorned with 20,000 white and blue Iznik style hand-made ceramic tiles that shine in the sunlight penetrating through the stained-glass panels of 260 windows. Inside, the temple seems to be bathed in heavenly radiance, which is why the Mosque is often called the Blue Mosque. This is a true architectural masterpiece that has become a place of pilgrimage for Muslims and a subject of sincere admiration for millions of tourists.
The Sultanahmed Mosque gave its name to the entire central square of Istanbul, which comprises major tourist attractions of the ancient city. It sits next to the majestic Hagia Sophia (Cathedral of St. Sofia), the famous Yerebatan Basilica Cistern and the Archaeological Museum. Absolutely any tourist who arrives to Istanbul comes here – to the square in front of the Sultanahmed Mosque.
Last year, about 9 million foreign tourists visited Istanbul, which is a home for 15 million local people.
From May to October, music and light shows are held in the northern part of the Mosque.
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