BLUE MOSQUE (SULTANAHMET MOSQUE)
The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) was built by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga in the sultan 1. Ahmet’s time between (1609-1616) years. It is located on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the southeastern side of the Hippodrome. It is called by Europeans as Blue because of its interior blue tiles which was used more than 20.000 pieces. 🕌🕌🕌
The mosque is also popularly known as a fascinating structure its six minarets because it is only six minarets mosque in Turkey.
There are many legends about this mosque; one of them is about minarets. Sultan ordered minarets to be made from the gold to create a different style but there was no money enough. Instead of this Sedefkar Mehmet Aga decided to build six minarets to see its uniqueness. The mosque is lightened by 260 windows. It’s part of the worship sizes 64x72 meters and its diameter is 23,5. There is a heavy gateway made from iron in the entrance of the west yard. The shape of this gateway shows the importance of the mosque because at the time even sultan had to be careful when he came in this gateway. The mosque has a rectangular shape.Also there is a central dome supported by 4 half-dome, 4 different ways.
Architecture has a very important place in Turkey because it reflects many properties of Turkish culture. Since sculptures and paintings are forbidden in Islam, architecture and architectural embellishes are the only way for masters to exhibit their art.
When speaking of Ottoman architecture, the most important person in Turkish history is Mimar Sinan (1490-1588). He was an architect who grew up in the most splendid period of the Ottoman Empire. He was born around 1490 in Kayseri as the son of a Christian mason. In 1521 he enrolled in the Janissary Corps, an elite wing of the Ottoman army whose members were all taken from Christian families converted to Islam and trained to fight for the Sultan. Sinan was taught the trade of carpentry, at which he clearly excelled. He led an active military career. During his travels for military purposes he must have seen good examples of the architecture of several civilizations, For nearly fifty years, he worked as chief architect with a large team of assistants consisting of architects and master builders
In the course of his long career Sinan built 84 mosques, 51 mescit (small mosques) 3 hospitals, 57 medrese (theological schools), 7 schools for Koran reciting, 22 türbe (mausoleums) 17 imaret(alms houses) 7 aqueducts and arches, 48 Caravansaries, 35 palaces and mansions, 8 vaults and 46 bath across the Ottoman Empire, from Buda to Mecca, from Sofia to Damascus. He excelled not only in the arts but also applied his skills and techniques to city planning. Keeping in mind that there is nothing more natural than a monument harmonizing with the environment, he built huge mosques in the most suitable places so that they could be viewed in all their magnificence.
The development and maturing stages of Sinan are marked by three major works. The first two of these are in Istanbul – Şehzade Mosque which he called his apprenticeship period work, Süleymaniye Mosque which is the work of his qualification stage, and Selimiye Mosque in Edirne which is the result of his master stage.
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