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Adorned with over 20,000 blue hand-crafted Iznik tiles, stained-glass windows and the golden brushstrokes of a 17th-century calligrapher, the Blue Mosque is the legacy of Sultan Ahmet I (1590-1617). Full review →
Only after you enter the Blue Mosque do you understand the name... this mosque feels gloriously airy and full of light. Full review →
This grand bubble of masonry, one of the great and defining features of Istanbul's skyline, was constructed between 1609 and 1617 by Sultan Ahmet I. Full review →
While people say the Hagia Sophia is less remarkable on the outside than on the inside, the Blue Mosque is often said to be the reverse. Perhaps this is true, but only because the... Full review →
With his eponymously named mosque, Sultan Ahmet I (r1603–17) set out to build a monument that would rival and even surpass the nearby Aya Sofya in grandeur and beauty. Full review →
This jewel of the 17C has retained its vocation as a place of worship... the over-riding effect here is one of grace and solemnity. Full review →