Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

Istanbul has a lot of wonderfully unique architecture, such as the “Blue” Mosque, actually Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is more than 400 years old.  From the outside, under the winter sun, it looks powerful and austere. 

Inside, however, it is surprisingly brightly colored. Practically all the interior surfaces are covered by colourful tiles: blue, green, pink, red, gold, ... The patterns, particularly those under the main and the 8 secondary domes, are very intricate.  

Islam can sometimes give the impression of being very serious and severe. The view looking up inside the Blue Mosque, however, makes one feel life can be bright and lively - something to enjoy.  

At night, when the lights are turned on. The beauty of the mosque is stunning. It looks mysterious, but also warm.  

There are many faces to Islam. 

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