Photographer's Note

From the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque).
The mosque is located in the district of Sultanahmet where the other famous architecture Hagia Sophia is found. The mosque was built by Ahmed I, the Sultan. The architect is Sedefkar Mehmed Aga. "Sedefkar" refers to his mastery in mother-of-pearl. The construction began in 1609 and ended in 1617. Inside the mosque there is found the tombs of Ahmed I, his sons and his mother. The mosque has been donned the name "Blue" by foreign travelers because of the handmade ceramic tiles of Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in dominant tones of blue, turquoise and green that cover most of its interior. The decorations include verses from the Qur'an, many of them made by Seyyid Kasim Gubari, regarded as the greatest calligrapher of his time.
Especially at weekends, you will find there lots of tourists and local people visiting the mosque. And of course many children running and playing joyfully near their parents.

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