Sultan Ahmet Camii was completed in 1616. This magnificent structure is known far and wide as the Blue Mosque for the blue Iznik tiles that decorate the interior. Iznik, a lakeside town and former Byzantine capital, called Nicaea, was famous for the most superb ceramics in the Ottoman Empire. It is located in an historic area known as Sultanahmet, which was the center of ancient Constantinople.
|Resources DK Eyewitness Travel: Top 10 Istanbul guides you to the 10 best sites in Turkey’s most fascinating city. Profusely illustrated with beautiful pictures and informative details of each place. Includes a very useful fold-out map. Plus top 10 lists of restaurants, shops, hotels and lots of insider knowledge. DK Publishing, soft cover, 128 pages,