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Sacred Place ExperienceIn September 2013 I went for vacation to Istanbul which appeared to be an extremelycolorful and interesting city of all of those I have been to. Once on the reception desk of myhotel, after another exhaustingly hot day, I was sharing my tourist experiences with the hoteladministrator and, in meanwhile, asked what is there else that is worth to be visited. He askedme if I have already been to a mosque. I did not, because, honestly speaking, I was sure thatsuch a visit is prohibited for adherents of different religions. The administrator claimed thatthere 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 isalso known as the Blue Mosque. This name it received for the tiles which are of different blueshades and was called so by Europeans. Before entering the mosque I figured out that it wasbuild in 17thcentury 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 muezzincalls everyone for the prayer. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is build with six minarets which is