Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia Church 
The Blue Mosque is one of the prominent landmarks of Istanbul, notable for its six minarets.
The Blue Mosque is one of the prominent landmarks of Istanbul, notable for its six minarets.
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It was completed in 1616, built to rival the adjacent Haghia Sophia church.
It was completed in 1616, built to rival the adjacent Haghia Sophia church.
Last comment 02/13/12.
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It is still used as a mosque today, and closes to non-muslims five times a day for  prayer.
It is still used as a mosque today, and closes to non-muslims five times a day for prayer.
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Since it is still used as a mosque, we were required to remove our shoes while we were inside.
Since it is still used as a mosque, we were required to remove our shoes while we were inside.
Last comment 08/14/20.
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The Blue Mosque gets its name from these blue tiles.
The Blue Mosque gets its name from these blue tiles.
Last comment 04/19/22.
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This has to be one of the biggest pillars I've ever seen..
This has to be one of the biggest pillars I've ever seen..
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Just across the courtyard from the Blue Mosque is the Haghia Sophia.  The Haghia Sophia was the world's largest church for over 1,000 years, and is now the fourth largest.
Just across the courtyard from the Blue Mosque is the Haghia Sophia. The Haghia Sophia was the world's largest church for over 1,000 years, and is now the fourth largest.
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The Haghia Sophia was originally built as a christian church, finished in 537.  The four minarets were added when it was converted into a mosque in 1453.
The Haghia Sophia was originally built as a christian church, finished in 537. The four minarets were added when it was converted into a mosque in 1453.
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Since 1935 the church has functioned as a museum.
Since 1935 the church has functioned as a museum.
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