- Wednesday 11th April 2012
Today, this fully operational mosque welcomes visitors from far and wide to witness its sheer beauty. Visitors should enter from the north entrance. Shoes must be removed and placed in bags (provided). One should be modestly dressed, and ladies should cover their heads. Visitors will be required to leave the building during prayer times. The mosque is a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram station, on line T1.
On our way to Sultanahmet .
We followed the Tram A route to Sultanahmet area.
One of the Kebab shops we passed while walking to Sultanahmet.
Lines for Hagia Sophia were long.....very long.
Seeing the lines for Hagia Sophia the decision was made to go and explore the Blue Mosque first.
Inside the Mosque......large crowds were viewing the mosque.
Main prayer area.
Barriers are in place so the visitors stay off the main prayer area.
Separate area for ladies to pray.
These light holding wires do slightly hinder the immense beauty of this Mosque.
Arabic verses within the blue circle pattern on the dome ceiling.
Moon and star flower pattern in the mosque garden resembling the moon and star on theTurkish flag.
Looking through the mosque exit at Hagia Sophia.
This photo from Galata tower showing all six minarets.