Whilst Hagia Sophia is no longer a place of worship, the Blue Mosque is still very much in action. You won’t be able to visit during prayer times but it’s worthwhile getting a sneak peek inside in between prayers. Personally I had never been inside a practicing mosque before and was intrigued as to what it would be like. In the case of the Blue Mosque it is beautiful. If you think it looks impressive on the outside (and this is a resounding yes!), then just wait ’til you see it from the inside….
Domes of kaleidoscopic tiles, columns of intricate detailing, shapes and colours. It’s incredible and not to be missed.
On entry you will have to remove your shoes (unfortunate in the sense that it does pong of smelly tourist feet inside) and ladies you will have to wrap a scarf around your head and shoulders. You have to be respectful and on good behaviour inside…kissing is out of the question for example…but when there is so much to see and take in and so many pictures to take, you won’t even have time to worry about anything else.
I apologise for the shortness of this blog post and it seems rather unjust that such a beautiful and extraordinary building has found itself in such a short blog post. But truth be told there isn’t much for me to say! The pictures really do speak for themselves and it’s more about the experience of being there, the experience of being in a mosque and seeing something, which for me, was entirely new.
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