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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The historic Sultan Ahmet Camii or Blue Mosque in Istanbul was built between 1609 to 1616 during the rule of Ahmed, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1603 until his death in 1617. It is called the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles used for its interior walls. My dear husband and I visited this place the same day we went to the Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern last summer.





Arriving late from shopping at Grand Bazaar and touring Basilica Cistern, we didn't think of going inside the mosque anymore. Besides, that was not our first time to go there. The first was in 2011.




We only took photos of the scene around the place like this area where tourists normally sit and, others wait for their tour bus to pick them up.




A souvenir shot with my 7 month old baby bump. This majestic mosque attracts thousands of tourists everyday. A must-see whenever you visit Turkey.




Let's do a preggo OOTD shall we? What I wore: Forever 21 top, Gingersnaps jeggings, INCI shoes, and MICHAEL by Michael Kors tote.




A stone throw away is Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox basilica, later converted into a mosque and now a museum, which is also famous landmark among tourists.




Blast from the past: this shot was taken at the entrance of Blue Mosque in 2011. Yay, no makeup and a little chubby cheeks here.




Look at those beautiful red and white tulips. I missed them this year. And brrr.. I remember how could that day was as I freakin' forgot my scarf at home.




Inside the Blue Mosque: it was really quiet in there, some people were praying, but the majority was just observing and taking photos.

If you wish to visit this place in the future, it is important to note that flash photography is not allowed and guest do not wear shoes inside. You can get a free plastic for your shoes by the entrance of the mosque, free of charge. Head scarves, although optional, are also available for women to wear.




The Blue Mosque
Sultan Ahmet Mh., Torun Sokak,
No:19, 34400 Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 458 4983

13 comments:

  1. So that's what Istanbul looks like. Interesting :)

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  2. I love the place. My friend has been there when she visited her boyfriend for a week. I would love to go there someday too. Nice photos by the way :)

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  3. I heard from a friend who has been there that there are indeed a lot of sites to see in Turkey.

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  4. wow! it looks so nice... i wish i can go to turkey...

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  5. beautiful place. i haven't been to that side of the world. :)

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  6. you look so sexy for a 7 month prego mom :) The atmosphere of the place seems very positive.

    -satisfiedgirl-
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  7. Beautiful photos! The Blue Mosque looks like a castle on the first and third photo from top. By the way, you look pretty sis even without make-up. Cheers to natural beauty! :-)

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  8. Hi sis! Love the pretty preggo OOTD. I want to visit a mosque too, someday :-)

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  9. Nice. Maybe someday I'll get to see that lovely place too. :)

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  10. The mosque has a resemblance to taj mahal from the photo. That looks a lovely place. Hope to visit it someday. :)

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  11. Nice place sis..


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  12. Beautiful! This made me want to go and visit Turkey more.

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  13. I've always wanted to do Turkey eversince I saw it in PInay Travel Junkie's blog. This made me want to go all the more!

    Excellent, vibrant shot of those tulips BTW :)

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