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• Even thought the main entrance is obviously
bigger, and grander, non-worshipers are asked to
use the north entrance to keep the main one
• The mosque was once lit with 262 windows that at
one point were stain-glass windows, but had to be
replaced to have better ones made for it.
The Blue Mosque was made
in Istanbul during the early
1600’s for an Ottoman sultan.
It might be a little confusing
at first because from the
front, there is not a hint of
blue on the outside, but on
the inside it is very clear why
it is called The Blue Mosque.
It discouraged many people
at that time because it had
six minarets, instead of four,
and a lot of citizens thought
that they were trying to
outdo the mosque built in
• Minarets were the tall towers where
Muslims were called to prayer. They are a
very common feature for mosques. Most
only have four, but The Blue Mosque was
built with six.
Domes were very commonly
used in the making of these
mosques, or just Islamic
architecture in general.
Enormous columns were put
in the center, not just to look
pretty, but to hold up the
center of the dome. Around
three hundred windows were
put in to let the light shine
down from the dome, into
• The rare and beautiful Iznik tiles
can be found in many different
galleries and on the north wall,
above the main entrance.
• Some of the tiles have a less
delicate and intricate designs were
made in Kutahya.
The mosque gets its name
from its beautiful, endless
amount of blue Iznik tiles all
over it. It has around 20,000
tiles that line the high ceiling.
The oldest of the tiles mimic
the 16th century Iznik design
of flowers, trees and abstract