One of the most famous monuments of the Turkish and Islamic world is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which enchants visitors of Istanbul. An example of classical Turkish art and architecture, it is the only mosque with six minarets. The mosque, built in the 17th century, is surrounded by the city’s older historical structures.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is in fact part of a mosque complex which contains a mosque, a theological school, an elemantary school, a sepulchre, shops, a bath, a hospital, a soup kitchen and three public fountains.
Although built by Sultan Ahmed I and originally named after him, the mosque is known throughout the world as “the Blue Mosque”, from the dominant colour of the paint and ceramic tiles generously used in its interior decor.