Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

This is a busy photograph. Then again, that's the style of architecture.

The Blue Mosque gets it's name from the blue tiles on the inside - Edit: this photo was originally posted as a black & white image which I've prevented you from seeing when I made the photo black and white, well done - but the tiles are not so overwhelmingly blue that's it's the first thing you notice. I think the name comes more from the fact that, originally, the blue tiles were red and they gradually faded over time to blue.

The reason they faded is that the tile makers cheaped out on the tiles because the price was fixed up front and the general going price for tiles went up over time. What, was there a tile market where people traded futures on tiles or something? Well, to cut their losses or preserve their profits, the makers went cheap on the glaze, the glaze faded and we now have the Blue Mosque.

The real name of the Mosque is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, by the way.

My other photographs from Istanbul can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/25 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-05-30 14:46:40
Posted: 2013-01-23 | 18:48





Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

This is a busy photograph. Then again, that's the style of architecture.

The Blue Mosque gets it's name from the blue tiles on the inside - Edit: this photo was originally posted as a black & white image which I've prevented you from seeing when I made the photo black and white, well done - but the tiles are not so overwhelmingly blue that's it's the first thing you notice. I think the name comes more from the fact that, originally, the blue tiles were red and they gradually faded over time to blue.

The reason they faded is that the tile makers cheaped out on the tiles because the price was fixed up front and the general going price for tiles went up over time. What, was there a tile market where people traded futures on tiles or something? Well, to cut their losses or preserve their profits, the makers went cheap on the glaze, the glaze faded and we now have the Blue Mosque.

The real name of the Mosque is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, by the way.

My other photographs from Istanbul can be found in the gallery.

Show this photo on a map ✈

EXIF

Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/25 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-05-30 14:46:40
Posted: 2013-01-23 | 18:48


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