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From inside the courtyard.

The mosque was built from 1603-17 by Ottoman architect Sedefkâr Mehmet A?a, student of Mimar Sinan. It's built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium.

If you're interested in the history, geography, architecture, and political and religious significance of The Blue Mosque please do have a look at the wiki article. I feel like copying the whole thing, but no need for that.
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