Travel photo : Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Travel photo : Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Travel photo : Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Historic Travel photo sites: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul


The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is also known as Sultan Amed Mosque was built from 1609 to 1616 . This historic mosque is well-known for its blue tiles on the exterior domes of the structure consisting of one main dome, eight smaller domes and six minarets. Built during the reign of  Amed 1 on the site of the previous grand palace of the Byzantine emperiors, the mosque faces directly to the Ayasofya, the main Byzantine cathedral which was converted into a mosque, and at that time was the most worshipped mosque, when the Blue Mosque was eventually built to be the official mosque of the ruling sultan’s family.  This historic structure sits in the most historic sites of Istanbul in an area called Sutlanahmet. The entire Peninsula surrounding Sultanahmet was later dedicated as a Unesco World Heritage site in 1985 containing many of the important historic monuments and buildings in Istanbul. For more detailed information on the Blue Mosque, you can visit the wikipedia page here.

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12 Responses to Travel photo : Blue Mosque in Istanbul

  1. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} June 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    That looks so dramatic with the clouds behind it, but it’s not as blue as I had expected. Is it bluer on a sunny day? I’m also impressed by the number of minarets. Would love to see this myself some day.

  2. Nancie June 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Beautiful. Those clouds add something very mysterious!

  3. Corinne June 14, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Noel, You know I love the Blue Mosque, well Istanbul….well Turkey! Great shot and post-processing!

  4. Heather June 14, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Amazing shot! It looks so dramatic with the cloudy skies! I’d love to see this gorgeous place in person.

  5. Leigh June 13, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Love the colours too. Istanbul is such a fabulous city for a photographer.

  6. travelnwrite June 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    You’ve captured the magic of Istanbul, Noel! We were just there and this brought back warm memories.

  7. Get-Me Blogger June 12, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    The light in this shot is just awesome! Great capture!

  8. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 12, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous picture of the Blue Mosque – I haven’t been there myself but my husband was lucky enough to see it when he got stuck in Istanbul during the layover at the time of the volcanic ash cloud!

  9. muzachan June 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Great picture… I love the colors…

  10. Marilyn Armstrong June 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Beautiful … but why is it called blue? Is there an historical reason? Just being nosy.

  11. Travels with Tam June 10, 2014 at 7:27 am #


    • Noel June 10, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks so much for the comment, appreciate it.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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