Arches, Dome and Minarets

Arches, Dome and Minarets

When Sultan Ahmed I revealed that the his new Mosque was going to have six minarets, it stirred up a bit of controversy. The mosque of the Ka'aba in Mecca had six and it is considered the holiest site in all of Islam. Rather than change the plans for this mosque, he simply put a seventh on the mosque in Mecca. Problem solved.

Unfortunately, only four are visible here as the last two are behind me in the corners of the courtyard. The fountain in the middle used to be used for ritual ablutions but now there are rows of taps on the sides, under the arcade.

The one word that keeps coming into my mind when I look at the historic architecture of Istanbul is byzantine. I guess that shouldn't be surprising considering that Istanbul was the capital of the Byzantine empire. Not only was it the capital, but it's name was actually Byzantium. Even less surprising in that, in this photo, I am basically standing on the remains of the main palace of the Byzantine empire - the palace was actually levelled to make way for the mosque. So, it's no wonder that that's the word in my head.

What I mean, though, is in more of the convoluted or intricate sense of the word. There are twenty nine domes in this photo. There are also twenty two archways although, it's easy to get carried away with archways; especially if you have a wrap-around arcade. But twenty nine domes? Layers of them. Some interrupting others in gravity defying ways (check out that link above for the best example). It is amazing to see and it makes Istanbul very different than any other place that I have ever been.

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Arches, Dome and Minarets

Arches, Dome and Minarets

When Sultan Ahmed I revealed that the his new Mosque was going to have six minarets, it stirred up a bit of controversy. The mosque of the Ka'aba in Mecca had six and it is considered the holiest site in all of Islam. Rather than change the plans for this mosque, he simply put a seventh on the mosque in Mecca. Problem solved.

Unfortunately, only four are visible here as the last two are behind me in the corners of the courtyard. The fountain in the middle used to be used for ritual ablutions but now there are rows of taps on the sides, under the arcade.

The one word that keeps coming into my mind when I look at the historic architecture of Istanbul is byzantine. I guess that shouldn't be surprising considering that Istanbul was the capital of the Byzantine empire. Not only was it the capital, but it's name was actually Byzantium. Even less surprising in that, in this photo, I am basically standing on the remains of the main palace of the Byzantine empire - the palace was actually levelled to make way for the mosque. So, it's no wonder that that's the word in my head.

What I mean, though, is in more of the convoluted or intricate sense of the word. There are twenty nine domes in this photo. There are also twenty two archways although, it's easy to get carried away with archways; especially if you have a wrap-around arcade. But twenty nine domes? Layers of them. Some interrupting others in gravity defying ways (check out that link above for the best example). It is amazing to see and it makes Istanbul very different than any other place that I have ever been.

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Taken: 2014-02-02 13:25:00
Posted: 2011-01-25 | 11:52


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