Sultan Ahmed couldn’t resist the temptation to build his own mosque in direct competition with the Hagia Sophia. So the Blue Mosque is fated to stand forever opposite its inspiration.
I didn’t realise that the design for most mosques was inspired by an antique Christian church, but there you have it.
I don’t know what they were thinking with those lights.
The courtyard is quite busy..
And outside on the steps, the common people of Istanbul..
The view from the Hagia Sophia.