After spending a few days by the Blue Mosque and admiring it from afar, we finally ventured inside. It actually took us about 3 goes to get into the mosque because 5 times a day it is closed to the public for prayer time. When we finally entered we had to cover our heads, shoulders, knees and toes – ok well not actually toes, because you have to take your shoes off before you enter the mosque.
Words are simply not enough to describe this incredible building. The whole mosque is built from white marble and the roof is lined with 20,000 ceramic tiles. It is such a beautiful piece of architecture.
Inside was a mixture of tourists and Muslims in prayer. Being on such a sacred ground and witnessing first hand the intimate moments between the people and their god was truly an insightful experience. One that has broadened our understanding of the Islamic culture.
If you do ever visit Istanbul, make this a priority.
M & TJ XO