It is said that the Blue Mosque derives its name from the many blue tiles adorning its wall. It was built on Sultan Ahmed’s orders between 1606 and 1616. The interior and exterior designs are impressive, capturing architecture characteristic of both Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Unlike the Hagia Sophia, it is still an active mosque.

The Blue Mosque was one of my favorite parts of this trip, but I don’t really have a lot to say about it. I think what I liked so much was just being there. I barely noticed the large crowds of people coming and going because I was so captivated by the beauty of the mosque. The lighting sets a spiritual mood, and the blue tiles seem endless. The Blue Mosque in one word… peaceful.