As a tourist in Istanbul, you can’t skip the Blue Mosque, of course. Our hotel was within walking distance from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, so we passed it every day. I’ve seen the two special buildings in different situations: with snow, without snow, on a sunny day, on a cloudy day and also by night! It looked different every time, very special!
From the outside, it’s really beautiful. Normally, the fountain would be on, but it was frozen for a few days. The advantage of going to Istanbul in the winter is that there are few tourists and also few queues. That saves a lot of time and also looks better on photos!
The inside is beautifully decorated: a lot of motifs and detailed decoration. It turned out that this was also the case in other mosques we visited. The cleaner here was doing laps in the prayer area with his vacuum cleaner.
The mosque looks beautiful close to the building as well as from afar. I like the details, the columns with the coloured arches and especially the coloured ceilings.
From the Blue Mosque you have this view on the Hagia Sophia. They face each other, so you can walk from one to the other very easily. Good to combine on a trip.
On these last 3 photos you can see what it looked like on the last day of our trip. The fountain is on, it’s cloudy and suddenly it looks totally different. Funny huh?