Sacred Place Experience - Sacred Place Experience In September 2013 I went for vacation to Istanbul which appeared to be an extremely colorful and

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Sacred Place Experience In September 2013 I went for vacation to Istanbul which appeared to be an extremely colorful and interesting city of all of those I have been to. Once on the reception desk of my hotel, after another exhaustingly hot day, I was sharing my tourist experiences with the hotel administrator and, in meanwhile, asked what is there else that is worth to be visited. He asked me if I have already been to a mosque. I did not, because, honestly speaking, I was sure that such a visit is prohibited for adherents of different religions. The administrator claimed that there is at least one open for visit mosque in the city – the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and added – “If you did not visit this mosque, than you have never been to Istanbul”. On the next day I planned my rout so that I could visit the mosque, which is by the way is also known as the Blue Mosque. This name it received for the tiles which are of different blue shades and was called so by Europeans. Before entering the mosque I figured out that it was build in 17 th century by the will of the sultan Ahmed I, and was build in a not common way. Usually the mosques are built with one or four minarets – the tower from which a muezzin calls everyone for the prayer. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is build with six minarets which is

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