Blue Mosque, its name comes from blue tiles surrounding the interior walls. It was constructed facing Hagia Sophia, in 1616, during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I. Besides still being used as a mosque, it is one of the must-visit attractions in Istanbul.
There is one big main dome and eight secondary domes supported by four large pillars, which gives roominess to building. More than 20,000 handmade Iznik tiles crown the interior design with colors of blue, white, green and more. With Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, six minarets of Blue Mosque complete the silhouette of historical Istanbul. Its six minarets caused a scandal during construction, as the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca also had six minarets. As a solution, Sultan Ahmed solved the problem by sending his architect to Mecca to add a seventh minaret. Architecturally you can see reflections of Byzantine and Islamic elders. Architect Sedefkar Mehmed was also influenced from his master, Mimar Sinan’s works. Today, it is considered to be the last splendid mosque of the classical period of Ottoman Empire and its courtyard is the biggest of all Ottoman mosques.
When you enter inside, you can feel the spiritual and tranquil atmosphere that is given by daylight reflection coming from 260 windows in such a big space adorned with blue tiles. Floral patterns on tiles represent spring time on Earth, as well the Garden of Eden.
The name of Blue Mosque is commonly used called by Westerners.The Turks have never called it this as it is known as Sultanahmed Camii by locals.