On Tuesday we took the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü to visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque. To visit the Blue Mosque was on top of the things to do in Istanbul and I couldn’t wait to finally get there. From Eminönü we took the tram to Sultanahmet. It is only three stops and we could have walked, but the streets were so crowded and it would have taken us forever to walk. Time was limited and we really wanted to make the most of it.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is commonly known as the Blue Mosque and it is considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the world. The Mosque was built from 1609 to 1616 in an effort of pleasing Allah after a series of Turkish military defeats. It is known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue tiles on the interior walls.
Women have to wear long clothes, I wore a black long blouse and black jeans as well as a black head scarf to cover my hair. Everybody has to take his shoes off and put them in a plastic bag. To my surprise, it wasn’t busy inside the mosque and I could take some pictures. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time and I could only spend a few minutes inside.