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William G. Godden Collection: GoddenE6

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  • Title: Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  • Creator(s): Godden, William G.
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  • Location: ASIA/Istanbul/Western Asia/Turkey
  • Structure: Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)

Description: The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) built 1609-1616, is at the center of a complex of Ottoman buildings. The central dome rests on four pointed arches with corner pendentives. These in turn rest on four very large piers, each about 5 ft. in diameter. There are six minarets: 4 at the corners of the main structure and 2 at the outer wall of the courtyard. The Blue Mosque, like other Ottoman monuments, was built in emulation of the Byzantine Hagia Sophia built 532-537 AD. (Istanbul, Turkey)

See also:
Historic domes

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