chapter  6
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Around the Blue Mosque

TheeastsideoftheAtMeydant,theancient Hippodrome,isoccupiedbySultanAhmetCamii,usually knowntotouristsastheBlueMosque.TheBlueMosque isthoughtbymanytobethemostsplendidoftheimperial mosquesinthecity,withitsgracefulcascadeofdomes andsemidomes,itssixslenderminaretsaccentingthe cornersofthecourtyardandthebuilding,thelovelygray colorofthestonesetoffbythegildedornamentsondomes andminarets,anditsgenerallyimposingbutgracious proportions.Itisoneoftheprincipaladornmentsonthe skylineofthecity.