Lining up to see the Blue Mosque

SULTAN AHMED MOSQUE (Blue Mosque), Turkey - besides being a very popular tourist attraction, it is also an active mosque so it does close to non-worshippers during the five daily prayer times. 

We exited the main courtyard via a side gate and waited in a long line (though shorter than the line-up on the courtyard) in order to gain entrance to the mosque via a secondary side entrance.Sultan Ahmed Mosque_IMG_4850.jpg

Sultan Ahmed (Blue)Mosque__IMG_4786.jpgA line of ablution spigots on the outside of the mosque - used by the faithful to wash or wipe parts of one’s body with water as part of a religious rite.Sultan Ahmed (Blue)Mosque__IMG_4783.jpg

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Finally - getting closer to seeing the interior of the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). Those entering must remove their shoes (bags are provided for visitors to carry their shoes while touring inside). Women must wear head coverings before entering the mosque and if they have come unprepared, coverings are also provided for them.

Looking forward to seeing the magnificent interior of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

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Welcome to my travel photo blog. Photography has been a part of my life for a long time – back in the day the Pentax Super Program was always near at hand. But it wasn’t until I started travelling around the world that photography became a vehicle for me to show others about the absolutely amazing and complex world we live in. My hope is to share with you glimpses of what I’ve seen. Enjoy!