Delicate tile-work, full of azure and turquoise patterns and images of the Blue Mosque explains the popularity of this ancient monument to the extent that it has won the name of the "Turquoise of the Islamic World." Blue Mosque was constructed in 1461 A.D. under the reign of Jahan'Shah, the most powerful king of Ak Kuyunlu Dynasty. In an earthquake that happened in 1789 A.D., many parts of the Blue Mosque were damaged and left as ruins. In the beginning years of the present century, the reconstruction and renovation of tyhe Blue Mosque was taken into hand and still, at the moment, the renovation and repair of its tile-work and interior decoration is being done. The Blue Mosque is blessed with the most beautiful calligraphies of the Islamic world, such as Thuluth, Naskh, and Nast'aliq along with unique arabesque and geometrical imagery is registered as a National Heritage.

The Blue Mosque is considered as one of the masterpieces of art and architecture of the post-Islamic era. The well-known azure and turquoise tiles that have been used in the decoration of the Blue Mosque are beautified further with Naskh, Nast'aliq and Thuluth calligraphies and various kinds of arabesque and geometrical imagery have ornamented the interior space of it. This mosque was constructed by the order of the Jahan'shah Kara Kuyunlu's daughter and dates back to 600 years ago. In the earthquake of 1780 A.D. many parts of the mosque were unfortunately ruined and many domes and interior walls collapsed.

The Other Names of the Blue Mosque

The enter way of the monument, despite the damages caused by the earthquake in question, has still managed to stand still and boasts the beauty and glory of the Blue Mosque. This mosque has been under reconstruction and renovation for years now and, presently, the details of its tile-work are at their final stage of renovation and remaking. The Blue Mosque is also well-known as the Turquoise of the Islamic World for its unmatchable architecture and beautiful azure and turquoise tile-work. The Orb Mosque, Shah'Jahan Mosque, and Mozaffariyyeh Monument are some of the other names this mosque is known with.

The Blue Mosque is located in downtown and thus is easily accessible. If you want to get there by subway, you must leave the subway either at Sa'at Meydan or Clock Square station or, alternatively, at Beheshti Station, and take a short walk to get there. However, BRT or Express Bus System, too, crosses on its way right before the mosque and you need to get off at mosque's station. Also, better keep in mind that you can reach for a wireless taxis by dialing the number 133.

First half of the year: 8-20

Second half of the year: 8-17

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After visiting El-Gölü Complex, we suggest that you continue your Tabriz-wandering with going to the Blue Mosque. There are many attractions around it which can be visited by walk. The Museum of the Iron Age, Azerbaijan Museum, Municaplity Square, Tarbiyyat Street, Sanjesh (lit. Assessment and Measurement) Museum along many other attractions located around there. So, begin your attraction-visiting trip with the Blue Mosque and then extend it to other attractions one by one. It is allowed to take pictures without the use of flash light and tripod. Also, make sure not to miss visiting the tombs of Jahan'Shah and his wife in there. Ask the mosque securities to direct you to the tombs.