Pictures of mosques that we visited.
These are my own photos, internet pictures, and copies of postcards that I bought and sent to June in Australia.
Hagia Sophia / Aya Sofiya. Built 537 on orders of Emperor Justinian I: largest building in the world for years. Until 1453 it was the Eastern Orthodox Cathedral. 1453-1931 it was a Muslim mosque; then it was converted to museum.
Fountain for ablutions
The mihrab, where the original altar used to be:
Ceiling and dome
Sultanahmet Camii (“The Blue Mosque”), 1609-1616
Sülemaniye Camii (built for Suleyman the Magnificent, 1558. Architect: Sinan)
Interior and Mausoleum of Sülemaniye
Fatih Camii (“The Conqueror’s Mosque”, 1463-70, on the site of the Church of the Holy Apostles. Architect: Sinan. Originally an educational and social institution, with hospital, market, hamam, schools, etc.)
Beyazit Camii (Bayezid II, 1481-1512. Architect: Sinan.)
Şehzade Camii (‘The Prince’s Mosque’, built as memorial to Suleyman’s son, whom he had had strangled, 1543. architect: Sinan.) Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Camii (1571. architect: Sinan)