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Blue Mosque in Istanbul

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Visiting the Blue Mosque, technically known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, in Istanbul was one of the top things on my list.  Our first morning in Istanbul, we visited the mosque and I was quite happy to finally be here!  The mosque was built in the early 1600s and it get its unofficial name from the thousands of blue tiles in the interior.

My first reaction was “Wow!” Then I think I uttered a few more wows as I took it all in.  Unfortunately my pictures don’t do it justice.

Beckett was less than impressed but personally I really enjoyed it.

The interior:

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The details everwhere are pretty amazing.  You can see them a bit if you click this picture to zoom in.

 

 

 

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Outside the entrance:

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The courtyard and views of the mosque from the courtyard:

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The outside:

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