Blue Mosque, Istambul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Camii is a historic mosque of Istanbul, known as the Blue Mosque because of ceramic adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the reign of Sultan Ahmet 1 who decide to build it to appease God after the unfavorable outcome of the war with Persia. It has the tomb of the founder, a school and a hospice. It is the starting point for caravans of Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, it has six minarets. Its dome 23.5 meters in diameter is supported by four massive pillars and buttressed by four semi-domes; 260 windows flood the light building. The interior is decorated with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue. The prayer hall is topped by an ascending system of domes and semi-domes, each supported by three porticos, culminating with the large central dome which has 43m high at its central point. The decorations include verses from the Koran. The floors are carpeted, with carpets given by the faithful and are regularly replaced when worn. The most important element in the interior is the mihrab made of marble. The yard is about as large as the mosque itself and is surrounded by a continuous, rather monotonous vaulted arcades. The central hexagonal fountain is rather small in contrast to the dimensions of the court. The monumental door, but wide, to the courtyard is characterized by the architecture of the arcade. Until recently the muezzin calling to prayer or had to climb a narrow spiral staircase five times a day to announce the call to prayer. Today a public sound system is used, and the call can be heard through the old part of the city, echoed by other mosques nearby.

Tips

The Sultanahmet Mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions of Istanbul. Large crowds of Turks and tourists gather at sunset in the park in front of the mosque to hear the call to evening prayer at sunset and the mosque is brilliantly illuminated by colored spotlights.
The large backyard has sanitary facilities on both sides.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, La Plata, Argentine- Part 2

The interior of the church has five aisles or vessels, the main with an interior height of 37metres. The pilasters are constructed of local stone from Mar del Plata. The ground is covered in finely polished granite so that it acquires the appearance of marble, and the great characteristic strength of the material. The stained glass windows are of French or German origin, but at this level everything is far from being completed. The workshop of stained glass works at La Plata create new ones.
Many artists have worked to build this great sanctuary. Noteworthy is the work of Mahlknecht brothers, with the Austrian sculptors Leo Moroder and Michel Shenke who have created remarkable wood carvings, the crucified Christ, carved from a single piece (except arms) in a timber guatambu oak cross. The brothers Mahlknecht sculpted the choir, the throne of the archbishop and the confessionals. Moderate carved the statue of Mary that is near the archbishopric.
The Cathedral Museum is located in the crypt where they show models, drawings, plans and religious objects too. There are historical photos and instruments, as well as carving patterns and other ornaments. This museum is intended to raise awareness of the need to know and protect cultural heritage in general and the city in particular.

Video by Primashock Aerial

Cathedral of Saint Sebastien, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil

The Cathedral of Saint Sebastien de Presidente Prudente (municipality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil) is located in front of the square July 9th on the Avenue Coronel José Soares Marconde. The Cathedral was an old dream of the Vicar of Presidente Prudente, José Maria Martínez Sarrión. So, in 1927, he decided to create a commission to collect funds, formed by members of important families at the time: Armelin, Tenorio de Barros, Peretti, Toledo, Franco de Godoy among others.
The plan of the church was done by Francisco Oroz, the construction was realized and interpreted by Francisco Grotto and idealized by Luiz Mesquita. The curious thing is in the design that was in the form of a cross. Work began two years after the commission had been formed. Completed in 1949, the church became the referential point and pride of the city. The work was also done wishing it would become the seat of the diocese, which took place in 1961. It is 558km far away from the capital of the State of São Paulo.

Tips

The Cathedral is open everyday from 8:00 to 20:00 except Mondays (closed.
Don’t forget your camera; for the best images with natural light, make your visit between 8 h 00 and 17 h 00. The images are full of color and with the light of day, you will enjoy all this beauty of colors that will surprise you.
If you suffer with high temperatures, go early or later when the sun is going down because in the morning you have temperatures of 22-24 degrees but during the day, it can go up to 40-44 degrees.
Monsignor José María Martínez Sarrión’s relics lie in the Cathedral.