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Sultan Ahmet Mosque

The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I, designed by the architect Mehmet Aga, and built between 1609 and 1616. The popular name 'Blue Mosque' comes from its painted decoration and blue tilework. There is a paved courtyard outside the main entrance and the mosque is set in gardens, now laid out in a rather inappropriately European style.
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