Approaching the entrance of the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque, we were welcomed by a majestic structure (and I am someone who is not often captured by religious buildings) filled with both tourists and local worshipers.
The entrance for visitors is on the side of the building, where usually a long queue awaits anyone who wants to enter. That day was no different.
To get in, people need to respect a certain dress code:
First of all, no shoes are allowed inside, secondly, pants and skirts must cover the knees and, if you are female, your head must be covered as well (they provide a long blue dress to cover everything up).
The inside of the mosque is very spacious, and filled with tapestries and decorations.
I wasn’t very inspired by the interiors, so I tried to focus on the people and the place as a whole.
After some pictures here and there, we went out and, gladly, found our shoes where we left them (there are stories of disappearing shoes in mosques).
The Blue Mosque also has quite a big garden round the back with benches and fountains, where people can meet after the prayer.