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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque


The best-known active mosque in Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, stands next door to Hagia Sophia, which it replaced as the mosque of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It was built in the early 17th century, on the site of the former Byzantine imperial palace, and gets its nickname from the over 20,000 blue-toned Iznik tiles in its interior. It will be featured in a future Gumbo blog...look for it!


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