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Blue Mosque
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Blue Mosque from Hotel Nena rooftop restaurant at sunsetOPIS Zagreb/Shutterstock

Blue Mosque

24 views to photograph
Blue Mosque from Seven Hills Restaurant with reflection at sunsetSamet Guler/Shutterstock
Blue Mosque courtyard at duskBenh Lieu Song/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque dome and three exedraDennis Jarvis/Flickr
Blue Mosque from Innova Sultanahmet Istanbul Hotel at sunsetLuciano Mortula/Shutterstock
Blue Mosque ome and three exedra angleKrissanapong Wongsawarng/Shutterstock
Blue Mosque with fountain off duskTTstudio/Shutterstock
Blue Mosque dome and four exedraChristian Perez/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque with fountain at duskMoyan Brenn/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque with Sultan Ahmet Park fountain off in morningMing-yen Hsu/Flickr
Istanbul Blue MosqueMoyan Brenn/Flickr
Blue Mosque dome and column looking upWilliam Neuheisel/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque minaretTravancorehistory/Wikipedia
Courtyard arcadesBenh Lieu Song/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque ablution facilitiesBjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque from Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel in afternoonDersaadet/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque prayer area and chandelierBjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque prayer area and domeChristian Perez/Wikipedia
Blue tiles at the Blue MosqueBrian Jeffery Beggerly/Flickr
Blue Mosque courtyard at noonKarelj/Wikipedia
Blue mosque courtyard noonCeinturion/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque from Lady Diana HotelRaudcommonswiki/Wikipedia
Blue Mosque gateway to the courtyardG Dallorto/Wikipedia



Map of Blue Mosque

About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Popular name:Blue Mosque
Address:Sultanahmet Cami, 34122 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Name:Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Turkish:Sultan Ahmet Camii
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
Affiliation:Sunni Islam
Architect:Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa
Style:Islamic, Late Classical Ottoman
Dome height (outer):43 m (141 ft)
Dome dia. (inner):23 m (77 ft)
Minaret height:64 m (210 ft)
GPS:41.005483, 28.977385
Far:2 km (1.3 miles) from center of Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque’s lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed’s tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, another popular tourist site.



With fountain at dusk

41.007399, 28.978356

Location: 41.006618, 28.976799

With Sultan Ahmet Park fountain off in morning

41.00737, 28.978313

Location: 41.019541, 28.979873

With fountain off at dusk

41.007403, 28.978318

Blue mosque courtyard noon

41.005483, 28.977385

Courtyard at dusk

41.005731, 28.976275

Location: 41.005731, 28.976275



More Info

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