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Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Basic information
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Geographic coordinates 41°00′19″N 28°58′37″E / 41.0053851°N 28.9768247°E / 41.0053851; 28.9768247Coordinates: 41°00′19″N 28°58′37″E / 41.0053851°N 28.9768247°E / 41.0053851; 28.9768247
Affiliation Sunni Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Sedefkâr Mehmed Agha
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Late Classical Ottoman
Completed 1616
Specifications
Capacity 10,000
Length 73 m (240 ft)
Width 65 m (213 ft)
Dome height (outer) 43 m (141 ft)
Dome dia. (inner) 23.50 m (77.1 ft)
Minaret(s) 6
Minaret height 64 m (210 ft)
Materials
UNESCO World Heritage site
Part of Historic Areas of Istanbul
Criteria Cultural: i, ii, iii, iv
Reference 356
Inscription 1985 (9th Session)
Istanbul-Sultan-Ahmet-Camii
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known and referred to as the Blue Mosque, from the window of the upper gallery of the Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly called the Blue Mosque, is a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built between 1609 and 1616, when Ahmed I ruled the Ottoman Empire. Like with many other mosques, the founder of the mosque is buried in it. His architect, Sedefkar Mehmed Agha, decorated it like a jeweler would. There is also a madrasah and a hospice associated with the mosque. Today it is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Istanbul.

Story

According to legend day Sultan I. Ahmet wanted gold minarets on his mosque. The word for gold in Turkish is altın. Apparently this was misunderstood as alti, or six. So the mosque has six minarets.

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