For the Love of God
Exploring Resorts of the Soul
Sightseeing?. In a place of worship?. Uh, wouldn’t that be a “Contradiction or Something”?. I mean, they’re just places where you pray and occasionally take quick snooze, right?. Well, think again!. Visiting famous mosques won’t only refresh your spirit and faith. It will also allow you to be feast your eyes one some of the most beautiful architectural wonders built on the foundation of Love of God.
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul
The mosque got its name from the decorative blue tiles used to cover its outer structure. It was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I to the architect Mehmet Aga in 1609. There are many anecdotes about the building of this mosque. In one story, it was said that Mehmet Aga had confused his sultan’s order. The sultan asked for minarets of God, which is altin in Turkish, but Mehmet Aga misunderstood it as alti, which means six. Fortunately, the Sultan loved the six beautiful minarets (until then, no Sultan had mosques with six minarets), so he wasn’t very angry at Mehmet Aga. The six minarets posed a further problem, though. A lot of people got upset because up to that time the only mosque with six minarets was the Holy Mosque in Mecca. To calm things down, Mehmet Aga then oversaw the building of seventh minarets in Mecca.
The Blue Mosque has a marble courtyard with fountains where Muslim can do their ‘wudhu’ before they enter the mosque to pray. Instead of a single big dome, the mosque has a series of small domes and a cascading bigger dome. Inside, the ceiling is decorated with the blue tiles arranged beautifully in geometric patterns