Blue Mosque, Istanbul..... The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.
The sight of a mosque in Tokyo is quite unusual. This mosque was newly built in 2000 with the contributions of the Turkish Republic and the Tokyo Mosque Foundation (which was around since 1938). This is the main hall with its ornate decorations inspired by Turkish Heritage. // photo by Rasekh Fatmi, 2012