The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia dominate the Sultanahmet’s architectural attractions. Getting a descent photo of the Hagia Sophia isn’t that difficult given it’s position in relation to the large, open, Sultanahmet square in front of it. Getting a descent photo of the Blue Mosque However proved a bit more difficult. It is hidden behind walls, obscured by trees, and its entire breadth including all six minarets is hard to capture in a single frame. Throughout my time in Istanbul, I took dozens of photos that captured interesting parts of the Blue Mosque. However, none of them conveyed the true grandeur of this famous Islamic structure.
I spent my last morning in Istanbul circling the Blue Mosque looking for a vantage point for a photo. No street level position afforded an appropriate view. What was needed was elevation. Across the street stood a multi-floor hotel. It looked like it had a roof-top terrace. I crossed the street, entered the hotel, and asked the desk clerk for permission to access the roof in order to take the picture. I was told the restaurant on the roof wasn’t open yet. I persisted and gained reluctant permission. The tiniest elevator I’ve ever ridden in finally opened onto the open-air terrace. A short walk to the edge of the roof afforded the following view of the Blue Mosque.