02 August 2012

1.3 The Blue Mosque


At the Blue Mosque, blue tiles decorated almost all areas of the wall and ceiling. This was partly because of Aniconism in Muslim, which means the avoidance of iconic symbols or figures. In Muslim, the depiction of human beings and animals is discouraged. That is why geometric patterns and calligraphy are seen as a way of expression in Muslim Art.

The vastly open area for the Mosque dominated the interior, was used mostly for male prayer area - depicting male domination in the society. Low lights were hanging from the high ceiling, creating a tranquil ambient to pray. Us - the tourists - might be a bit of a distraction though to this well-preserved structure.
I was still amazed how they take a good care of their assets in Turkey.
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