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The Space has always been my greatest fascination. The endless dimension where you can let your soul float and your mind wonder about this great secret. This site is for my personal general interests and not limited to Space. The name is a tribute to the wonders of Space. Izzat Sajdi

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Blue Mosque - Istanbul

The results of the new seven wonders of the world will be announced on 7/7/07. Hagia Sofia is nominated from Turkey. From Turkey, my personal choice would be the Blue Mosque.

The Blue Mosque was founded by Sultan Ahmet I. He ordered Architect Mehmed Aga to begin constuction in 1609 and the whole complex was completed in 1616. He made the mosque splendid by the perfect proportion of domes and semidomes as well as the splendid minarets.

Upon the entrance to the mosque, one should pay attention to the gate. The gate is a typical Seljuk- Turkish wooden work with a geometrical design in its center. The star symbolizes the Turkish Generation and very typical of early 11-12th C Turkish Art. After the gate, one meets the breathtaking interior of the mosque with its chandelliers and blue tiles. The mosque is all surrounded by beautiful 17C Iznik tiles which give its name to the Blue Mosque. It is all carpeted with prayer rugs because people must put their forehead on the floor and therefore the floor should be soft and clean.

The Blue Mosque is the only mosque with 6 minerates. The blue mosque is a magnificent piece of exceptional art and architecture.