Sultanahmet or The Blue Mosque

Istanbul

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Sultanahmet or The Blue Mosque

Built at the beginning of the 16th century during the rule of Sultan Ahmet I, this grandiose mosque seemlessly combines Ottoman and Byzantine architectural styles. The building is known for its six minarets and was given its nickname for the 20,000 blue tiles adorning the interior. These tiles were made in Iznik — an area that was famous during the Ottoman Empire for its expert production of ceramic tiles.

Do & See

Istanbul is a vibrant city whose grandiose history is utterly fascinating. Take a stroll around the city and admire the amazing mosques, museums and the Great Bazaar, or even visit an authentic Turkish bath.