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Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

The Historic Features Of The Iconic Blue Mosque

Do you like traveling? Blue mosque is one of those tourist attraction destination that is worth visiting and sampling it's great features. Blue mosque is found in istanbul turkey. It was built I 1603_1617 during the reign of Sultan ahmet I . Blue mosque is also known as Sultanhmet Camii. It is known as the blue mosque because of the blue tiles surrounding the walls of the interior design. It is one of the instanbul icon historical mosque ope twenty four hours except during prayer session. Blue mosque is open to people of all faith free of charge. Besides being a tourist attraction blue mosque is an active mosque used by Muslim for the five daily prayer session. It very important for anyone visiting to observe the Muslims traditions that is:
1. Taking off your shoes and putting them on special plastic bags provided at the entrance.
2. Visit the blue mosque when prayers are not in progress.
3. Women visitors should have head coverings. Visitors to the blue mosque are encouraged to donate so that the proceeds can be used to take care of the mosque.
Some of the blue mosque features are:
1. Minarets
Most mosque have between one or two minarets but blue mosque has six minarets.
2 . Windows
Blue mosque has two hundred and sixty two windows that lit up its interior design.
3.Blue tiles
The walls of blue mosque interior design is surrounded by over twenty thousand blue tiles hence the name blue mosque.
Blue mosque has a tomb of its founder king Sultan ahmet 1.
Blue mosque has two entrance one for worshipers and another for non worshipers to keep its sacredness intact
6 . Light shows
Blue mosque has night light shows at nine pm during summer with commentaries in French, German and English.Blue mosque was supervisor during construction was the king himself and he sometimes assisted in work to hasten the completion unfortunately he die one year after completion at the age of twenty seven years.

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

The History And Magnificence Of Hagia Sophia's Art And Architecture

Hagia Sophia is an attractive and a great architectural monument built in the sixth century by the Emperor Justinian. It features among the first masterpieces of the Byzantine architecture and remain one of the world’s important architectural monuments.

The Hagia Sophia monument was once a church, but following the conquest of the Constantinople, the Ottomans converted it into a mosque. Afterwards, under the order of Ataturk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, It was changed into a museum. It has always been the precious of its time. Its beautiful features include the magnificent dome, the mosaic decorations that create a colorful appearance, and the huge leather medallions.

To fully appreciate the museum, one should try to look at it not just as an empty museum but as a beautiful and magnificent church and mosque it was. If you are looking for a perfect place for travel and leisure, then you should consider visiting Hagia Sophia.

Library of Celsus
Library of Celsus

The Ancient Library Of Celsus

Have you heard about the library of Celsus? Well, this is one the most beautiful library, built as a monumental tomb by Gaius Julias Aquila in the honor of his father Julias Celsus Polemanus who was the governor of the province of Asia. The library was built in 117 A.D.Notably to mention, it was ranked as the third richest ancient library after Alexander and Pergamum, with a capacity approximately 12,000 scrolls. The library was situated at the corner of Cures Street and the Marble Road, to the left of Agora.

The library of Celsus had three entrance doors flanked by four statues that represented four qualities that were associated with the Governor Julias Celsus Polemamanus. These qualities include wisdom, intelligence, knowledge and virtue. The library was double walled. The cupboards containing the scrolls were stored in the niches of the double wall so as to prevent them from being destroyed by extreme temperature and humidity.

Later on in 262 CE, the library was destroyed by the Goths who burnt it down. However, the facade was not severely damaged, and a great part of it remained. The library was repaired in the 4th century CE, and a fountain was added at the front.

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