Blue Mosque – Istanbul

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.

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Inside

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I don’t know what they were thinking with those lights.

The courtyard is quite busy..

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And outside on the steps, the common people of Istanbul..

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The view from the Hagia Sophia.

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