This part of the post concentrate on pictures of the interior of the mosque. Although the building of the Blue mosque is big, I must say that the actual prayer hall isn’t that large. There are other mosque we’ve visited, the prayer hall is much larger meaning the number of worshipers it can accommodate is more.
The prayer hall with the low-level lighting. The wooden barrier in the background is the limit non-Muslims and females can enter. Female prayer area is at the back of the barrier.
The beautifully decorated walls and ceiling.
Worshipers waiting for the call of prayer. Stained glass are abundant too.
The ‘mimbar’ or rostrum where sermons are delivered.
From Arasta Bazaar we walked to Sultanahmet (Blue) mosque, the iconic and historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. But you would be disappointed if you’re looking for lots of blue inside because they are mostly in the inaccessible upper galleries.
For the fact that it is a working mosque, non-Muslims should plan your visit ahead. It’s closed to non-worshipers 45 minutes before the call to prayer (azan) and 30 minutes afterwards, and all morning on Fridays. For further information to assist in your planning, visit this sitewww.bluemosque.co
Walking map from Arasta Bazaar to Sultanahmet (Blue) mosque.
Sultanahmet (Blue) mosque from breakfast terrace of Star Holiday Hotel.
View of Blue mosque from Sultanahmet Park.
Exterior view of Blue mosque from outside its compound.
Benches for you to rest and admire the Blue mosque at the back, or to your front the Sultanahmet Park and Hagia Sophia.
Exterior view of Blue mosque within its compound.
Tulips within the mosque compound.
Solid brass pipes outside the mosque for worshipers to do ablution before prayers. During winter months, the pipe water is cold.
Interior courtyard before entering the mosque and prayer hall.
Night view of the Blue mosque from Sultanahmet Park.
Night view from its exterior.
Night view from Sultan Ahmet square before the Hippodrome.
Nearby to the ‘Colourful Restaurants’ (which we consider a photo spot), is Arasta Bazaar. We have been twice here but bought nothing. The shops in this bazaar looks like they are selling high-end local products. The bazaar is not crowded and not much varieties. You wouldn’t miss much if you skip this bazaar, well at least that’s our impression.
Walking map from the ‘Colourful Restaurants’ to Arasta Bazaar.
Welcome to Arasta Bazaar.
Inside Arasta Bazaar.
The shop workers aren’t inviting you into their shops like other bazaars. They just look at you.