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Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmet I was only 19 when he commissioned this superb mosque, known in Turkish as the Sultanahmet Camii. So great was his enthusiasm for the project that at times he even worked alongside his labourers. With his architect, Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa, he wanted to surpass the Süleymaniye Mosque (the work of Ağa’s teacher, Sinan) and Haghia Sophia. The result of their labours, completed in 1616, has become one of the most celebrated mosques in the world, known widely as the Blue Mosque because of the blue İznik tiles in the interior.prac_infoSultanahmet ...

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