This week’s DP photo challenge is Look Up.
It is hard not to look up the domes of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
It must be one of the greatest Islamic architecture of all times.
The place is also beautifully lit with lights arranged in a spiral pattern.
You can wander around there for hours, with most of the time looking up to appreciate the beauty and grandness of the architecture.
Here is an introduction of the architecture from Wikipedia:
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. The design is the culmination of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development. It incorporates some Byzantine Christian elements of the neighboring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic Architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The architect, Sedefkar Mehmed Aga, synthesized the ideas of his master Sinan, aiming for overwhelming size, majesty and splendour.
Please enjoy 🙂
The Blue Mosque and other similar construction have made use of domes/ arches spanning in different directions creating a huge space below for the congregation of worshipers.
This is quite unlike the churches in Europe where cathedrals usually adopted narrow and steep arches limiting the space below.
The Blue mosque thus show multiple circles on the roof which are really awesome.
In the first picture, I have attempted to give it a blue tone – so in my imagination, it is literally a blue mosques.
I have also uploaded the original picture for comparison.