Ans. Sultan Ahmad Mosque is also known as Blue Mosque because;
(i) Magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque's interior walls.
(ii) At night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque's five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
Ans. The royal architect, Sedefkar Mehmat Aga was appointed as the architect of the mosque. He was the Ottoman architect of the Sultan Ahmad Mosque in Istanbul. He synthesized the ideas of his master Sinan, aiming for the overwhelming size, majesty and splendour.
Ans. The Hagia Sophia was built as a church by Justinian the Great between 532 and 537. On 29 May 1453, the Sultan of Ottoman Empire, Mehmet II, conquered Constantinople and changed the church into a mosque and modified its structure somewhat.
Ans. A heavy iron chain was hung at the upper part of a door from where the king was to enter the mosque. The king had to bow down his head to avoid the hit of the chain. It was a symbol by which the king showed his humbleness to Allah Almighty.
Ans. The lower interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 ceramic tiles in more than 50 designs. The gallery is decorated with the designs of flowers, fruits and cypresses. The upper level of the interior is painted blue. The floors are covered with carpets. The whole interior looks beautiful.