Also known as the Blue Mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built from 1609-1616. While seven years may seem like a long time, when you arrive and realize how enormous and intricate it is, you’ll be impressed that it only took seven years! In fact, it makes the neighboring Hagia Sophia look tiny in comparison.
It was quite humbling being in such a beautiful and awe-inspiring place. The pictures below, however, do not do it justice. That certainly is not a dig at April or my photography skills. They cannot convey the craftsmanship poured into each of the 20,000+ tiles that cover the interior from floor to ceiling or the time spent creating over 200 stained glass windows. But even more simply than that, they cannot convey the serenity one feels while being in such a majestic place.
After we were finished–and because it was right there–we went to have a look at the famous Hagia Sophia. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a tour, but the gardens were quite spectacular!