The Magic Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey, the Dome is Always Clean
When you visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, take time to look up at the ceiling. In the dome circle, there are no littering cobwebs.
Normally, the dome of the mosque must be routinely cleaned because the area is high and unaffordable for many people. But not the case with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Because there, the janitor does not need to climb to the dome area to clean it from the cobwebs. How can be like that? Landdisposition when visiting there some time ago was given an explanation by our guide.
It turns out the secret is an ostrich egg. The architects placed the egg in the middle of the dome. Right in the middle of the largest dome with a diameter of 24 meters, dangling a long chain. Three meters from the dome’s center there are triangular chandeliers where the camel eggs are placed in all three corners.
Ostrich eggs contain certain substances that are not preferred by spiders. Even now, the egg is still effective in driving the spider out of the mosque’s dome.
Even though this mosque was built between 1609 and 1616. It is quite durable!
This mosque is located in the oldest area in Istanbul, which before 1453 was the center of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Roman Empire. The Blue Mosque has six towers, four of them towering with three balconies and the other two towers have two balconies.
Historically, the architecture of mosques in Turkey follows two styles, namely the Snow architecture and the Ottoman architecture. The Blue Mosque follows the Ottoman Turkish architectural style.
The first sight when entering the mosque complex is a flower garden protected by trees. In the interior of the mosque is decorated with 20 thousand ceramics from Iznik, Turkey. There are also four large marble pillars that resemble elephantiasis.
Sunlight can freely penetrate into the mosque through 200 colorful stained glass windows. There is also a marble mihrab carved with stalactite decoration and double panels on it. Until now, the Blue Mosque is still used as a place of worship. Every Friday or Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, this mosque can accommodate up to 10 thousand worshipers.