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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the national mosque of Turkey. Built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I, the Mosque is set on a square plan, surrounded by an outer courtyard having eight gates. The access to the inner courtyard of the mosque is through three gates, into a large rectangle with marble pavement and an off-center hexagonal sardivan - fountain for ritual ablution before prayer. Shown here is the cascading succession of semi-domes and a dome as seen from the inner courtyard

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