The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more commonly knows as The Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey.

This incredible piece of Islamic architecture sits as the biggest and most commonly visited mosque in Istanbul, by tourists and locals alike. During prayer time, no photography is allowed inside. Luckily, I visited outside these hours.

The mosque was built in the early 1600’s as compensation for their failings in their wars throughout Persia. It has six minarets, four of which can be seen in this image. The interior walls and ceiling are lined with over 20,000 ceramic tiles. Windows and chandeliers of candles were designed and placed to maximise the use of natural light.

The mosque was opened to the public in 1617 and has since become one of Turkey’s biggest pulls for tourism.

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The photos below show the interior of the mosque.

Edited 11pm

Canon 50D
18 – 55, 58mm

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  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 3 years ago

  • Ush.. fastest feature ever! Thank you so much, my friend :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 3 years ago

    A massive and beautiful place, I believe. Gorgeous shot, Andrew!

  • Thanks a lot Mel! It’s a massively impressive place to visit!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenabout 3 years ago

    Such a majestic piece of architechture…..It looks beautiful with the texture. Cheers x

  • So pleased you like it Ulla! There is a definite sense of reverie here. Thank you so much :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic Andrew……..looks awesome and excellent processing !!

  • Thank you so much, Sean! Really appreciate it mate

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous processing Andrew – this is stunning!!

  • Thank you so much, Vik!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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    Rosehavenabout 3 years ago

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  • Wow Lynne, that is awesome! So appreciative for this!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoabout 3 years ago

    very cool Parmi, nice work

  • Thanks very much Anth!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • monaiman
    monaimanabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous work Andrew .. congrats on the features :)
    I have plenty of shots on my memory card of this standing majestic place from my last year visit to this beautiful city that need to be edited but no time .. lazy me :-(

  • Thank you so much, Mona! Haha, it took me a few weeks to get back into the editing swing, so easy to just let them go!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 3 years ago

    This is a real ‘STAND OUT’ image Andrew! Beautiful architechture…perfect textures too! :)

  • That made my night Carol! Thank you so much mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Denzil
    Denzilabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Andrew! It certainly is an impressive piece of architecture – but I must confess that I preferred Aya Sophia (in fact I burst into tears when I entered and first saw the rising domes). I found the Blue Mosque a trifle intimidating but nonetheless awesome and inspiring.

  • Hey there Denzil, thanks very much! You know, my only regret with Istanbul was not visiting Aya Sophia. We looked at it and just assumed it was the old mosque, so didn’t bother with it! Kicking myself after seeing photos of it’s interior!!! You are right though, the Blue is inspiring.. but Sophia.. ahh. Reason to go back, I think :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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