Egypt Picture - Blue Mosque Tiles

Blue Mosque Tiles

Blue Mosque Tiles


Michel Neumeister


Blue Mosque Tiles


Aqsunqur Mosque. The name "Blue Mosque" derives from the mosque's east wall, the qibla (direction of the Kaba toward which believers turn to face for prayer) tiled from floor to ceiling in beautifully colored Majolica, the predominant shade being blue. This floral tile work was a later addition from one of the renovations carried out by Ibrahim Aga Mustahfazan. These tiles are in the style of ceramics manufacture in Iznik in Turkey, although the quality suggests they are provincial imitations possibly from Damascus.

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