The blue mosque

Discover our expert tour in Istanbul. Take a look at our complete program of guided tours in Turkey. Massive and magnificent, the Blue Mosque dominates Istanbul’s skyline. Six minarets, silvered in the sun, pierce the air like future rockets. Built four hundred years ago, in 1603-1717, by Sultan Ahmet I, it was designed to compete with the large church of Hagia Sophia, just a stone’s throw north. The Blue Mosque, which has not only challenged one of the holiest shrines in Christendom, even competed for supremacy with the holiest mosque of Islam in Mecca, the only one of its kind …

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