The Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. Completed in 1616 during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I, the Blue Mosque is an exquisite example of Ottoman architecture, featuring a unique blend of Byzantine and Islamic styles.
The mosque gets its nickname from the more than 20,000 handmade blue Iznik tiles that adorn its interior walls. With its six slender minarets, the Blue Mosque is a prominent landmark of the Istanbul skyline. The mosque's central prayer hall is known for its beautiful stained-glass windows, intricate calligraphy, and cascading domes.
The Blue Mosque remains an active place of worship for Muslims and is also a major tourist attraction, drawing millions of visitors each year.